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61-cabernetLot # 61

San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cab Sauv / Cab Franc
2014

Acidez titulable: 5,36 g/l
pH: 3,56
Residual Sugar: 1,84 g/l
Alcohol:  14,1 % vol

Blend:
Cabernet Sauvignon – 14 barrels
Cab Franc  – 1 barrel

4477 bottles made

This wine was mountain grown high in the Maipo. It was traditionally farmed and harvested by hand.

It was fermented naturally in small tanks with open tops. Caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in barrels over two winters— barrels of two or more uses.

At almost 1000 metres this vineyard an extreme example of mountain-grown Cabernet in Maipo Andes. The 61st wine we have produced since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 61

T a l k i n g  P o i n t s

  • Mountain Grown single vineyard parcel from San Juan de Pirque in Maipo Valley
  • traditional farming, native yeasts, low intervention
  • punch down in open top fermenters
  • at 976 metres above the sea this vineyard an extreme example of Cab Sauv in Maipo Andes
  • barrel aged over two winters in French Barrels  of various cooperages with two or more uses–  no new wood)

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

There is good herbal freshness, ripe berries, earth, iron and a touch of blood. The tannins are very fine and there is a nice thread of acidity, with good balance. The 2009 tasted together with this shows classical notes of bottle evolution, layered with developed notes of cigar box, tobacco and graphite. Classical Chilean Cabernet.”
— Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 222

Fresco, vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, aromas terrosos, vivos y frescos. Un vino de tensión y frescor.” — Descorchados – Patricio Tapia

“Very pretty core of fruit here with blueberry, floral and stone character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. ”
— James Suckling

C r i t i c s    N o t e s

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia

LOT # 51 San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Fresco, vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, aromas terrosos, vivos y frescos. Un vino de tensión y frescor. 93 pts Patricio Tapia

Descorchados nota sobre GWCo.

La primera cosecha sumó apenas dos barricas y la bebieron entre los amigos, algunos de ellos incluso compraron parte de esa producción. Hoy hacen unas 45 mil botellas de once vinos distintos, cada uno de parcelas definidas. De hecho, Mossman define Garage Wine Co. como una gestión que, desde su génesis, tuvo su foco en parcelas más que en cepas. “La gracia siempre fue separar las cosas y comparar. De ahí vienen los Lot” –dice Mossman. La filosofía de vinificación es simple. Más que vinos naturales, Mossman define a los suyos como “originarios”, inspirados en la sabiduría campesina, pero con aportes de conocimientos modernos de enología. El origen de sus parcelas o “Lot” comienza en Alto Maipo, pero después extendieron su interés a otras zonas, especialmente en el Maule, que es de donde viene gran parte de su catálogo. Se trata de carignanes de viejas parras en una zona muy cercana a la costa, sobre suelos graníticos. Este vino, como todos los tintos de Garage en la línea Lot y en Vigno, se cría por “dos inviernos” en barricas, las más nuevas de tres años de uso. “Cuando vas a comprar vinos por la zona, los viejos te dicen que el vino que lleva dos inviernos de crianza es el mejor” –dice Mossman. El resultado es el tinto clásico que se necesita para refrescar una tarde de asado con los amigos. Su acidez es intensa, pero también su lado terroso y su textura punzante.

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
The 2013 Lot #51 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a little Cabernet Franc (15 to 16 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Cabernet Franc), and is sourced from the San Juan de Pirque Vineyard. Most of the wines ferment in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts (some small lots are done in plastic bins) and then age in used barrels. There is good herbal freshness, ripe berries, earth, iron and a touch of blood. The tannins are very fine and there is a nice thread of acidity, with good balance. This vineyard is the second terrace of the Maipo river, with the classical rolling stones of Puente Alto, at almost 1,000 meters altitude. The bottles now show a round stamp saying ‘Mountain Grown’. The 2009 tasted together with this shows classical notes of bottle evolution, layered with developed notes of cigar box, tobacco and graphite. Classical Chilean Cabernet. 5,000 bottles produced.  92 pts Drink 2015 – 2021

Wine Advocate note about Garage Wine Co.
I sat down to taste through an exciting collection of wines with Derek Mossman. Garage Wine Co produces wines from Maipo and Maule, and their trademark is wines with great freshness and acidity from some seven vineyards they work. 42,000 bottles per year of highly personal and full of character wines. I later met with Mossman again to walk some of the vineyards for where he sources grapes for some of his Maule cuvées and the work he’s doing there to support the local ‘huasos’ and their vineyards is remarkable. The common thing that I’ve seen between Mossman, Cancino, Luyt, Parra and the other guys working in the south is respect — for the people, the traditions and the places. These are wines of respect. An exciting project to keep in mind.

Previous Vintages — same single vineyard parcel

Decanter – Peter Richards, Oct 2015

Garage Wine CO. Lot # 37 2011
Herbal notes tea leaf and minerals graphite notes complement the dark berry fruit. Elegant, linear and lifted to the finish. 17,5 pts Drink 2015 – 2023 Alc 13,9%

James Suckling .com
GARAGE WINE CO CABERNET SAUVIGNON VALLE DE MAIPO LOT #44
Very pretty core of fruit here with blueberry, floral and stone character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fresh and clean. Drink now. 92 pts James Suckling .com

Wine Enthusiast
This small-lot Cab (350 cases) is classically Chilean at all check points. The nose is spicy and full of cassis and berry flavors along with tobacco, olive and mild eucalyptus notes. A bright, lively palate is bolstered by acidity, while plum and red-berry flavors are oaky, spicy and peppery, with a toasty, slightly rooty finish. Drink through 2020. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast – Michael Schachner (3/1/2015)

Wine Advcate – Robert Parker , #213  Jun 2014
The 2012 Lot #44 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alto Maipo shows ripe aromas of wild berries, notes of tobacco leaf and some cracked peppercorns. The palate is medium-bodied with the signature fresh acidity I find as a constant in the Garage Wine Co. bottlings, and very fine, polished and refined tannins. This is serious, fresh Cabernet from Maipo. Around 4,000 bottles were produced. 91 pts Drink now-2019

Wine Advocate note about Garage Wine Co.
The Garage Wine Co. literally began in Derek Mossman’s garage with just eight barrels and is his project together with his wife Pilar Miranda and a friend, Doctor Alvaro Pena. Mossman, a native Canadian, is one of the founding members of MOVI, the association of independent winegrowers. They source Cabernet from Maipo and Carignan from Maule. One of the most impressive new names in Chile. I tasted their wines on different occasions, which meant I did not manage to get a good overview of all of them together, so my notes might seem a bit erratic, but such were the circumstances. I should make sure to sit down and taste and discuss the whole line-up with Mossman next time ‘round, as I found the wines intellectually enriching and want to understand them better.

2011 Lot #37 – De las 14 barricas que se produjeron de este vino dos de ellas son de Cabernet Franc y el resto es cab Sauvignon, todo viene de la zona más arriba de San Juan de Pirque. Fermentado con levaduras nativas y con cero madera nueva, esto es un vino que se siente puro y frutal, como un jugo de cerezas negras condimentado con hierba, una deliciosa sensación para un vino cristalino. 92 pts    Patricio Tapia – Descorchados 2014

2011 Lot #37 – Vivid ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of fresh red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and mocha, with hints of black pepper and anise adding complexity. Spicy and expansive in the mouth, offering lively cherry and raspberry flavors and intense floral character. Silky tannins add grip and shape to the long, sappy finish. This wine received no new oak. 92 pts Josh Raynolds – Steve Tanzer’s Int. Wine Cellar

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot #3o Alto Maipo ($33) – Brilliant ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented cherry and cassis on the fragrant nose. Chewy, tightly focused dark fruit flavors flesh out and gain sweetness with air, picking up floral and bitter chocolate nuances along the way. Juicy and spicy on the youthfully tannic, very persisent finish, which features blackcurrant and candied licorice qualities. 91     Josh Raynolds – Steve Tanzer Int’l Wine Cellar

Specs

  • Barrels 15 Barrels
  • Released: September 24, 2016
  • Tags 2014, Cab Sauv
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