2014 Garage Wine Co. Vigno (750ml)

Carignan from Maule Valley, Chile

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Derek Mossman Knapp – perfectly disheveled, his full head of hair now acceptably grey, a native of Toronto – is not only leading the way in Chile's anti-technological "let's get back to the roots" wine revolution, he (along with his wife Pilar Miranda and their friend, Dr. Alvaro Peña) could be considered the movement's founder. As owner of Garage Wine Co. and the man who established MOVI, Derek is changing the face of the Chilean wine scene – by rewinding the story.

It all started – quite literally – in Derek's garage in 2001, "goofing around with friends" as he puts it. Years earlier, during college, Derek had a decision to make. An avid skier, his usual destination for hitting the summer slopes – New Zealand – was without snow one season. No summer slopes also meant Derek was without a summer job, so he headed for the next logical location. Landing in Chile, Derek fell in love – with the place, and eventually with his soon to be wife. Chile became Derek's new home, lucky we are! Derek's Vigno, the most recent of releases, is stunning, and for those of you who love the complexities only old vines can, indulge.

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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)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
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