The 2016 Massal 1945 Carménère comes from vines planted ungrafted in 1945 from a massal selection, which always includes stray plants of other varieties like Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carignan, which always add something to the wine, as they are picked and fermented together. It fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts at an old winery (1642) in Almahue and then matured in fifth use 500-liter oak barrels and a 7,000-liter oak foudre for 12 months. It's very floral, a different expression of Carménère, in a place only six kilometers away from Peumo, the classical zone for the variety. This is completely different, different from the rest of Carménère; it's less monochromatic, more nuanced, soft and pleasant, with depth. I'm sure the natural balance of these old vines contributed to the difference. They were able to harvest the grapes before the rain, and the wine shows the freshness of the year. Very impressive. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017.
92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)
This shows a ripe nose with cassis, some black olives and dried flowers with citrus undertones. The palate is dense with round tannins but a bit short. Drink now.
90 points, James Suckling (May 2016)