2014 Garage Wine Co. Vigno (750ml)

Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile
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Review Score: 95WA
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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The 2014 Vigno from Garage Wine Co. also has the subtitle of Old Vines Dry Farmed Carignan. It was sourced from an extremely old vineyard in what they consider the freshest corner of the Maule "secano," in Truquilemu. Part of full clusters were used for the vinification and foot-treading. It's made of fruit farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming and 70+-year-old vines. It fermented with native yeasts in open top vats and aged in well-seasoned, neutral oak barrels for two winters. The nose shows the cool climate of the region; it's intensely aromatic, floral and fresh. But, it's in the palate where the vibrant acidity and the lively texture give it electric freshness where you really see the reflection of the place, the climate and the austerity of the soils. This is simply stunning. 2,864 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015. It's the 57th wine they have ever bottled/produced since 2001—it is thus labeled Lot # 57, although it might be difficult to find, as in my bottle it was etched on the glass!

95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)