James suckling 98 points Wine Advocate 98/100: "The 2018 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in small lots in 3,000- to 8,000-liter tanks and matured 40% in 225-liter oak barrels, 40% in 400-liter oak barrels and the remaining 20% in 2,500-liter oak vats for 13 months. Ninety percent of the oak used was French and the rest a blend of Austrian, Slovenian and German oak, 50% of it new. 2018 has been one of the best vintages in recent times in Mendoza, and the wine shows it. It's a cooler vintage, and the wine has improved in freshness and elegance without losing any clout. It's 14.5% alcohol and has a...
25% Below Wholesale Price RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE $69 The Estate line brings together wines with a fresh, honest style that respect the varietal expression of their region of origin. This Carmenere is an excellent example of this emblematic Chilean variety.
25% Below Wholesale Price RECOMMENDED RETIAL PRICE $49 "I love the herbal and peppery nose of the 2019 Legado Carmenere, which has moderate ripeness and alcohol (13.5%) with mellow acidity and very fine-grained tannins. It has character and is varietal and a little austere on the palate, where the wine comes through as very balanced. 33,295 bottles and 50 magnums produced. It was bottled in August 2020." WA Drink 2020 - 2024
25% Below Wholesale Importer Price RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE $63 NET "There is one more red Cinsault, the 2016 Cinsault Viejas Tinajas, also labeled as Itata since the change of legislation in 2015. This has moderate alcohol (12.1%) and is from the same vineyard that produced the Gallardía de Itata Cinsault. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes underwent a natural carbonic maceration in amphorae without any added products (yeasts or sulfur). The wine spent the winter in those amphorae, and after malolactic, in the spring it was bottled unfiltered, again without any added sulfur. The nose is incredibly clean and focused, fresh and with a...
25% Below Wholesale Importer Price RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE $63 NET "The amphorae-fermented Cinsault sells like hotcakes, so I had to taste an unbottled sample of the 2018 Viejas Tinajas Cinsault, a wine first produced in 2011. 2018 was a cold and rainy year, and they harvested early, as rains complicated matters in mid-March. The wine is 11.7% alcohol and has moderate acidity, a characteristic of the grape. Sourced from dry-farmed vines planted in Guariligüe 33 years ago, the uncrushed grapes ferment in a carbonic maceration way in the terracotta amphorae for 15 days; the wine is kept in the amphorae through the winter and then is bottled...
25 Below Wholesale Importer Price RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE $78 NET "A Malbec-based blend, the 2016 Las Cruces Old Vines Field Blend shows more freshness in this cooler and very low-yielding vintage. It's named after a 2.8-hectare, dry-farmed vineyard in Cachapoal planted in 1957 on granitic soils, with a field blend of 75% Malbec and 25% Carmenere. It's only 13.1% alcohol and has notable acidity, and the oak is perfectly integrated after 19 months in 2,500-liter oak foudres. This is a little fresher and more herbal than the 2015, and it comes through as characterful, serious and quite marked by the Carmenere, especially in the spicy flavors....
25% Below Importer Wholesale Price RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE $77 NET "A new red blend form Itata, the 2018 Las Olvidadas Mezcla Tinta was produced with an 80/20 blend of extremely old País and San Francisco, a grape they think might be Negramoll from their vineyard (2,507 ancient plants). The grapes fermented together after being hand destemmed like the traditional Pipeño wines, without any additions, and then the wine was put in barrel for malolactic and 14 months of aging. It has a wild, captivating nose that is complex, perfumed and very attractive, mixing herbs, berries and flowers. 2018 was a very harmonious and clean year with healthy...
100 points James Suckling This is a very thoughtful Seña that shows unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms and conifer, turning to dark berries and black olives. The palate is more glamorous with ultra-fine tannins that envelop your palate. Shows power and vibrancy at the end. Toned muscles. It’s a very intellectual wine that harkens back to the 2015. Blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 15% carmenere, 7% cabernet franc and 5% merlot. | James Suckling 98 | Wine Advocate The 2018 Seña shows the fresher side of the Ocoa zone of the Aconcagua Valley through a Bordeaux blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7%...
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