If grapes are grown at altitude, you’d expect them to be different from those grown lower in the atmosphere. Think of yourself flying from Houston to Denver; when you arrive, you’d be wise avoiding the step machine for a few days.
Less oxygen, increased solar intensity, and the often forgotten (much) lower humidity are the three big variables. If you’re a grape vine, you’ll adapt to such changes, but it should come as no surprise that when I eventually become wine, I might be distinctive.
So it is with this Chilean glass. Notably not fruity, interestingly dry, subtly peppery, there’s a clear link between Burgundy and this place far, far away. It’s an earthy place, too. Shorn of excess, we find a technically excellent variation of classic pinot.