Subsollum is made by the same band of friends who produce Pour Ma Gueule, a red blend based on Cinsault that includes a modicum of País and Carignan. This Pinot noir also integrates a small amount of Cinsault, and the fruit is sourced from Aconcagua Valley’s coastal reaches. The wine spends time in concrete and stainless steel before bottling.
The result is limpid garnet and highly perfumed, a lovely commingling of earthy fruits and dried flowers. The wine’s acidity rinses clean in flavors of cranberry, red cherry, and fresh air. There’s not a lot of heft or extract here, and mercifully no barrel spice. Instead the wine feels forthright, correct, refreshing, and eminently drinkable. Hooray for a Pinot like that at this price.
2017 Clos des Fous Pinot Noir Subsollum Aconcagua Costa DO
13.8% abv | $20; imported by Brazos Wine Imports