Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cabernet Franc
2016 – Lot 8o
Case of 6 bottles

$90,000

Mountain-grown high in the Maipo. Traditionally farmed and harvested by hand. Fermented naturally in small tanks with open-tops. Caps punched down by hand. Pressing was strictly manual. Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels of two or more uses.

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Technical Sheet

13 Barrels all Cab Franc
3731 bottes filled

Acidity: 5,6 g/l
pH: 3,39
Residual Sugar: 2,1 g/l
Alcohol:  13,9 % vol

The vineyard
Ancient riverbed flows beneath the vineyard. Rio Clarillo once had two tributaries that have since dried up. Soil studies with Pedro Parra revealed the river ́s path and the Franc from these bending sections of the old river are especially interesting. Altitude allows a freshness that works very well with this variety when it is not overly extracted allowing elegant and distinct flavour profile of blue fruit and minty leaf.

The Making
— Naturally fermented with native yeasts
— Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand.
— Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use.
— Yeasts native (we add wine from previous vintage to a pie de cuba)
— No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada – Pinch of sulfites after malolactic that finishes before winter begins.

The Ageing
— Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use from cooperages Sylvain, Berger, Nadalie special softer Noisette toast.

T a s t i n g   N o t e s (other’s)

This Cabernet Franc has that note of freshness I find in some of the best high-altitude vineyards, with some blue fruit aromas, something minty, leafy, herbal, balsamic, very fresh and a little wild. This is a vineyard at some 700 meters altitude. The palate is also very fresh, medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a fine texture and is very elegant.” — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 

Lleno de aromas a hojas de tabaco, este es un vino rico en dulzor, pero a la vez fresco y tenso” — Descorchados – Patricio Tapia

“Incredible nose of crushed raspberries and flowers. Bay leaf too. Pureness of fruit here. Full body, round and silky tannins and a beautiful freshness and length. A fabulous wine. Only about 14 barrels most years. Try to find it.”  — James Suckling

C r i t i c s   N o t e s

 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Franc 2013  – Lot # 80 – 94 Pts
The 2016 Pirque Vineyard is a little closed but feels very solid. It has varietal and zone character, without excessive mintiness, faintly balsamic. It’s still very young, but it seems to have all the ingredients for a great development in bottle, with the textbook tannins. Derek described it quite accurately as an “elegant blue-fruited gent with muscles inside a well-cut jacket.” There you go! 3,012 bottles were filled from 11 barrels in November 2017 as Lot #80. Drink 2018-2o26 Luis Gutierrez

 

Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Franc 2013  – Lot # 70 – 93 Pts
The Maipo Cabernet Franc 2015 Pirque Vineyard is open and expressive and hitting on all cylinders. It feels very floral next to the 2016, which is shyer. It has polished, round tannins and feels quite gentle. Drink 2018-2o24 Luis Gutierrez

Descorchados 2017
Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Franc 2014  – Lot # 60 – 94 Pts
La frescura de las frutas rebosa en copa. Dan ganas de atraparlas y morderlas. Y un solo trago nos permite hacerlo. Patricio Tapia

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Franc 2013  – Lot # 60 – 93 Pts
There is also a Cabernet Franc from Pirque labeled as 2014 Pirque Vineyard, which was cropped from vines planted in the 1980s and grown at 700 meters altitude. They always provide amusing descriptions of their wines, and this one was described as “Elegant blue-fruited gent with muscles inside a well cut jacket.” The usual modus operandi was followed once more, with native fermentation in open top fermenters with punching down by hand and two winters in used barrels. It has herbal aromas, spicier notes and especially more character than the majority of Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo. It is also very spicy in the palate with some “morrón” pepper nuances. Very tasty, almost salty. 2,464 bottles were filled in November 2015. Drink 2017-2o27 Luis Gutierrez

Tim Atkin MW
Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Franc 2014  – Lot # 60 – 92 Pts
If you want to taste the difference between Maipo and Maule, compare this Cabernet Franc with the Lot #52 release. This is denser, darker and more concentrated with plush fruit flavours and sweet cassis and dark berry fruit complemented by vanilla oak. 2018-24

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Franc 2014  – Lot # 60 – 92 Pts
A very refined cabernet franc with incense, rose petal and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Drink now.

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
The 2013 Lot #50 Cabernet Franc is from the Pirque Vineyard in Maipo, and in this vintage the vineyard is shown on the label (well, it’s actually painted on the bottle!). It has that note of freshness I find in some of the best high-altitude vineyards, with some blue fruit aromas, something minty, leafy, herbal, balsamic, very fresh and a little wild. This is a vineyard at some 700 meters altitude. The palate is also very fresh, medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a fine texture and is very elegant. I tasted the 2009 for context and aging potential, and even when they used more oak at the time, the wine is aging very nicely, with some rusticity. 5,513 bottles were filled.   93 pts Drink 2015 – 2022

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.

Descorchados 2016

LOT # 5o Pirque Vineyard
Cabernet Franc 2013
Lleno de aromas a hojas de tabaco, este es un vino rico en dulzor, pero a la vez fresco y tenso.
92 pts Patricio Tapia

Descorchados 2014 Ranked Best Cab Franc of Chile
GWCo Lot # 36 Cab Franc – 2011
Este Cabernet Franc viene del Alto Maipo, de la zona de Pirque, a unos 700 mts sobre el nivel del mar, una zona privilegiado para esta cepa que no ha sido tan explotada en el Maipo. En este caso, es un Franc lleno de aromas herbales rico en frescor, pero también de una extraña complejidad terrosa, con aromas de tierra húmeda (suena raro, pero en fin, la imaginación da para mucho…) Este es un vino que tiene que probar. – 93 pts – Patricio Tapia

Decanter – Nov 2015 Top 6 Cabernet Franc South America
Garage Wine CO. Lot # 42 vintage 2012 Oak seems dominant when first opened but look beyond and you will see thick layers of ripse, voluptuous fruit behind. This is a generous Cab franc, yet very well balanced. 17,5 pts Drink 2015 – 2021 Alc 14%

James Suckling .com

GARAGE WINE CO CABERNET FRANC VALLE DE MAIPO LOT #42 2012
A juicy and ripe style with lots of plum and light prune character. Full body, round tannins 

and a bright finish. Drink or hold. 92 pts James Suckling .com

GWCo. Cabernet Franc Lot # 36 – 2011
A fascinating red with crushed berries and flowers. Full body, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Not what you expect from a cabernet franc. More Loire-like. This is all handmade with natural yeasts. Grown on Andes foothills. Drink now. 91 pts – James Suckling

GWCo. Cabernet Franc Lot # 28 – 2010
Fresh herb on the nose with thyme undertones. Dark fruits too. Full body plus a solid backbone of fruit and a long and intense finish. Wonderful tannin tension. Serious structure. Drink now or hold. 94 pts James Suckling (Best Cab Franc of Chile)

GWCo. Cabernet Franc Lot # 21 – 2009
Incredible nose of crushed raspberries and flowers. Bay leaf too. Pureness of fruit here. Full body, round and silky tannins and a beautiful freshness and length. A fabulous wine. About 14 barrels made. Try to find it. Drink now. 95 pts James Suckling (Best Cab Franc of Chile)

Wine Advcate – Robert Parker , #213 Jun 2014
The 2011 Lot #36 Cabernet Franc is from a vineyard at 700 meters altitude in the Pirque region in the Alto Maipo, a place already well-known for Cabernet. This wine has a clean aroma of raspberry leaf and red fruits along with balsamic notes and great purity. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh, clean and pure, with a bitter note that lingers in your mouth. Drink now-2017. 92 pts (Best result for Cab Franc from Chile)

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, 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. The wines are vinified in 1,500 to 2,000-liter vats using native yeasts and are said to be bottled in recycled bottles. One of the most impressive new names in Chile. 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.

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #204 Dec 2012
The 2010 Lot 28 Cabernet Franc comes from 25+- year-old vines at 800 meters altitude and spends two winters in oak. It has a very convincing, fresh, expressive bouquet with pure brambly, briary black fruit and freshly tilled soil. The palate is medium- bodied with crisp black cherry and blueberry fruit on the entry. The tannins are fine and edgy, while the finish is beautifully composed and contains Margaux- like femininity. This is extremely well-crafted Cabernet Franc, surfeit with personality. Drink now-2017. 92 pts (Best Cab Franc from Chile)

GWCo Lot # 36 Cab Franc – 2011

Bright ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, redcurrant and violet, with smoke and mineral topnotes. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic red fruit flavors that take on weight with air. Finishes smoky, spicy and very long, with slow- building tannins and resonating florality. 91 Steve Tanzer 91     Josh Raynolds – Steve Tanzer Int’l Wine Cellar

Vinous / Steve Tanzer Int’l Wine Cellar

GWCo. Cabernet Franc Lot # 28 – 2010
Bright ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, redcurrant and violet, with smoke and mineral topnotes. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic red fruit flavors that take on weight with air. Finishes smoky, spicy and very long, with slow-building tannins and resonating florality. 91 pts Josh Raynolds – Steve Tanzer Int’l Wine Cellar

2008 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Franc #19 Maipo Valley
Bright ruby. Lively and precise on the nose, displaying ripe red fruit and floral scents and a slow-building herbal character. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering juicy cherry, herb and floral pastille qualities. Shows very good intensity on the sweet, dark fruit-dominated finish, which clings tenaciously. This is drinking very well right now. 90     Josh Raynolds – Steve Tanzer Int’l Wine Cellar

 

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