Wine Advocate 94 points - I had very high expectations for the 2012 Escaleras de Empedrado, the new super-Pinot Noir from Miguel Torres in Chile. It’s from the newly created Empedrado appellation in the southwest of the Maule Valley, bordering with Bio-Bio Valley where they planted their vineyards on slate soils. The vineyard is located at some 25 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean on sloped terraces, ranging from 250 to 500 meters altitude. The wine matured in used oak barrels for seven months. The nose shows very high intensity with floral notes and something akin to peated malt (Islay whisky?) in a heady, intoxicating way, with some aromas that I’ve seen in some ripe Garnacha and Mencia in Spain; but at first it didn’t remind me much of a Pinot Noir. With air, it turned fresher -- it was quite a chameleon, with tons of Mediterranean flowers and herbs, lavender mainly, coming through as extremely perfumed. The nose could be overpowering for food. The palate is quite light and elegant, but still with some clout, good acidity and flavors that linger in your mouth. Delicate and fresh. A second tasting and compared blind with the top Pinots from Chile (and elsewhere in the world), it stood up and clearly passed the test. The wine kept improving with time in the glass. It really impressed me. Only 2,400 bottles were produced in this first vintage, but they own 364 hectares in that estate, so there’s probably room to grow.