It’s been over 10 years since Dijon clones 115 and 777 were planted on the Veramonte estate in Casablanca Valley, Chile. The Valley’s Mediterranean-cool climate is strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean, which produces morning fog and cooling breezes throughout Casablanca’s long, even ripening growing season: ideal conditions to grow Pinot Noir. Ritual Pinot Noir is the result of Agustin Huneeus’ quest to produce world class Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley. Partnering with renowned American winemaker Paul Hobbs and applying the same time-honored viticulture and winemaking methods as those used in Burgundy, he set out to produce Pinot Noir of superior quality, structure and elegance. Fruit for this wine is selected from 3 distinct vineyard sites within the Veramonte estate. Hand harvested in small batches in the cool morning fog, fruit from each vineyard contributes unique qualities to the finished wine in the form of character, dimension and personality. Together, they create a beautiful, elegant expression of Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley. Meticulously hand crafted, harvested fruit enjoys cold maceration for 3-5 days for color extraction before whole berries are fermented with wild yeasts to increase depth and intensity. Frequent, gentle punch downs in small open-top tanks bring out deep color while malolactic fermentation and aging up to 14 months in French oak barrels (40% new) add complexity and elegance. The resulting wine brims with bright fruit aromas and flavors of black cherries, blueberry, raspberry and plum.