Critics Ratings & Tasting Notes

Here you have a quick reference to ratings with the full tasting notes behind one-quick-click: see tasting notes. RP Robert Parker – Wine Advocate, PT Patricio Tapia – Descorchados, TA Tim Atkin – TA Chile Report, JS James Suckling .com

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Truquilemu Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan Field-blend

Vintages:
2016 – Lot 77 (RP 97, PT 94, TA 93, JS 93)
2015 – Lot #67 (RP 94, PT 95, TA 94, JS 93)
2014 – Lot #57 (RP 95, PT 95, TA 93, JS 93)
2013 – 
Lot
#47 (RP 94, PT 93, TA 93, JS 94).

to be released (Jan 2021):
2017 – Lot 87 (RP 96…

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Truquilemu Vineyard

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2016  – Lot # 77 – 97 Pts
The really grand and elegant 2016 Truquilemu Vineyard starts off quite shy and takes some time to open up in the glass. They used a little more stems for the fermentation (stems are added rather than using the full clusters), as they don’t like carbonic maceration. This is characterful, floral, subtle and really elegant while keeping the varietal profile. The tannins are very fine grained, and the palate feels really balanced. This has to be the stuff wine dreams are made of!

Descorchados 2019 Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2016  – Lot # 77 – 94 Pts
El blend de este año de este carignan incluye también una barrica (de 12 en total) de monastrell, todo de viñedos en la zona costera de Truquilemu. Con crianza de dos inviernos, o dos temporadas en barricas, aquí la fruta es lo que manda. Es tensa, vibrante, rica en acidez y mucha fuerza en frutas rojas, radiantes en frescor. Para guardar por, al menos, cinco años.

 

 

James Suckling .com
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 77 – 93 Pts

This is very intense on the nose with dark plums, eucalyptus, acacia, bark and dark chocolate. Full-bodied on the nose with layer upon layer of sappy fruit, juicy but structured tannins and a fruit-forward finish. A big wine that makes a bold statement, but makes it well. Drink now.

Descorchados 2018 Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2015  – Lot # 67 – 95 Pts
Este es un bruto, al menos al comienzo. Pero pónganle atención. Una mezcla de carignan (22 barricas de 225 litros) más una de monastrell o mataró, aquí hay una pared de taninos, una pared enorme, gruesa, impenetrable. Pero ojo, que una vez que pasan esa pared, el regalo es una cascada de frutas rojas, intensas, nerviosas, deliciosas en su frescor. Es otra cara, una cara opuesta que se encuentra oculta tras esa pared. Este vino viene de un solo viñedo de carignan y de monastrell injertado sobre cepa país, en la zona de Truquilemu, mirando a la Cordillera de la Costa. 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2015  – Lot # 67 – 94 Pts
The 2015 Truquilemu Vineyard reveals the wild and somewhat rustic character of the Carignan—a little earthy, with a touch of smoked meat. It’s very tasty and has the granite texture on the palate. This year they started using some stems in the vinification, an innovation that continued in 2016. 5,230 bottles were filled in November 2016, as they always like to age their single-vineyard reds for two winters before they are bottled. Drink 2018-2025 Luis Gutierrez

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 57 – 95 Pts
The Carignan with smidgens of Mataró and País in the field blend bottled as 2014 Truquilemu Vineyard comes from an old dry-farmed vineyard belonging to the Orellana family in the cooler Empedrado zone in Maule. Mossman describes this as “Understated and layered—driven by florality & finesse.” The wines never have any impact from the élevage and tend to have moderate alcohol and very good acidity and freshness. This is no exception. It has incredible freshness with notes of blood orange peel and wild herbs—floral, insinuating, harmonious and elegant. The palate is elegant and shows vibrant acidity, is super balanced and incredibly tasty. This is very much like the Vigno. 6,428 bottles were filled from 21 barrels of Cariñena and one of Mataró (Monastrell) in November 2015. In fact, they select a number of these barrels to make their Vigno bottling. Drink 2017-2025 Luis Gutierrez

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 57 – 95 Pts
Los aromas son frescos, de bayas rojas y negras. La boca es vo- luptuosa, amable, luego jugosa y con un agarre sutil. 

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 57 – 94 Pts
A tangy red with earth, spice and dried fruit follows through to a medium body and firm tannins and fresh finish. Lovely decadence. Drink now

James Suckling .com 2015
GARAGE WINE Co. LOT #47 –  TRUQUILEMU VINEYARD CARIGNAN
This is superb carignan-based red with earth, smoked meat and old vine aromas and flavors. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Soulful. Drink now.  94 pts  James Suckling

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 47 – 94 Pts
There were 19 barrels of the 2013 Truquilemu Vineyard Lot #47, which is from the Empedrado zone in the Maule Valley. This is closer to the coast full of granitic soils with some layered parts, kind of schists, which allow the roots to go deep. The nose is floral, elegant and subtle, a little closed at first, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass. The palate shows great, citric freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. This is mostly Cariñena mixed in the field with other varieties picked and fermented together, but the Cariñena represents more than 85% of the blend in the wine. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead. I had the chance to visit the vineyard later on and it’s one of those places that when you see them, you understand IT HAS to produce great wine. And in a fresh vintage like 2013, it certainly does. Some 6,800 bottles were produced. Drink 2015 – 2023 Luis Gutierrez 

Vinous – Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 47 – 93 Pts
(aged in used French oak barrels for two years; pH 3.31) Full ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and blue fruit liqueur, incense and cola are joined by slowly emerging violet and rhubarb notes. Sappy and concentrated but lithe as well, offering energetic black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a bracing, refreshingly bitter suggestion of blood orange that adds bite to the back half. Finishes smooth, sweet and extremely long, with resonating floral and spice notes and supple tannins adding shape and gentle grip. Drink 2018 – 2023 Josh Raynolds 

Tim Atkin MW
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 47 – 93 Pts
Mataro is the other, much smaller component in this Carignan-dominated blend from Maule. Briary, spicy and refreshing, it has aromas of violet and iodine, a hint of green malt, brine, peppery, plummy flavours and a stylish, savoury finish. 2017-23

 

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 47 – 93 Pts
Cien por cien carignan, este es un vino vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, tenso, salvaje en textura. Necesita el asado, ojalá vivo.  Patricio Tapia

Descorchados nota sobre Truquilemu Vineyard:
Precisamente en viñedos del secano del Maule se origina Lot # 47 Truquilemu Vineyard 2013. Se trata de un carignan de viejas parras en una zona muy cercana a la costa, sobre suelos graníticos. Esta es la tercera versión de este vino, con una producción de 6.129 botellas, es la más grande que Garage hace para su catálogo. Este Lot se siente vivo, rico en frutas rojas y notas florales, recio en textura, ideal para embutidos del Maule. Otro de sus carignan es Vigno (parte del grupo Vignadores de Carignan) que viene de Empedra- do, una de las zonas más frescas del secano costero del Maule. También se trata de parras muy viejas, sin irrigación artificial. 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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