Although Chile's Casablanca Valley is much closer to the equator than any European vineyard, the pronounced maritime influence of the ocean (less than 20 miles away) with cool morning fog and cloud cover provide growing conditions very conducive to viticulture. Pinot noir grapes thrive in cool climates and benefit from a long ripening period here. Pinot noir vines were planted in 2004 at 1,800 feet above sea level. This wine is a blend of three pinot noir clones produced from a single vineyard at the estate. Hand-harvested, gently crushed fruit underwent cold maceration in stainless steel tanks. The fermented wine rested in oak barrels for 10 months and aged in the bottle for 9 months. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of red berry fruit and a hint of oak and earth notes. On the palate, taste strawberry and cherry with soft tannins and good acidity. Drink it with brisket, braised beef short ribs, veal Marsala, venison sausage, roasted duck and chicken. Where to buy it: Bin 428, Faubourg Wines and Whole Foods Market in Mid-City and Uptown. Where to drink it: Catahoula Hotel, Bacchanal Wine, The Company Burger on O'Keefe Avenue and SukhoThai.