#WineWednesday: The Life of a Cono Sur

By / Wine + Drinks / October 30th, 2013 / 1

There are many who look at bottles of Cono Sur wines and think the name is just a cheeky take off of the highfalutin word “connoisseur”, meaning ‘ a discerning judge of the best in any field’ – you could not be further from the truth – in name only.

Cono Sur actually means South Cone, which this Chilean winery is part of; look at a map of South America and you can plainly see the cone shape of the continent.

But if you are looking for wines of distinction or for discerning palates the Cono Sur line of wines does fit the connoisseur billing nicely, and thankfully, for not a lot of denero (or peso or dollars for that matter).  Check out these attractive bargains …

Cono Sur 2012 Chardonnay – Bicicleta ($9.95)

Citrus, melon and floral notes on the nose lead to lemon zest, green apple and plenty of acidity on the palate.

Cono Sur 2011 Viognier ($9.95)

Aromas of spiced orange and honey that lure you in; the palate has tropical fruit, pineapple rind along with peach pit nuances. Smooth.

Cono Sur 2012 Syrah – Bicicleta ($9.95)

Definitely a Syrah, not a Shiraz, with lots of floral and white pepper notes, also a raspberry mid-palate.  Nice drinkability to the point of quaffability.

Cono Sur 2012 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ($18.95)

Incredible value with a nose loaded with strawberry, raspberry, white pepper and clove; palate has a lovely dark fruit aspect along with hints of spice and a lovely long linger of peppered strawberries, worth picking up by the case, but sadly they don’t make much.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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