Truquilemu Vineyard
Empedrado – Maule Valley
Carignan Field-blend
2014 – Lot 57

“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 freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead” LG

Carignan – 17 barrels
Mataró  – 1 barrel

6328 bottles filled  Nov 2015

Acidez titulable: 6,38 g/l
pH: 3,21
Residual Sugar: 1,97 g/l
Alcohol:  13,5 % vol

In a Nutshell: 

  • 1 of 11 wines we make from single parcels
  • Grower / partner Orellana family
  • Ancestral farming cultivating vineyard by hand and horse
  • Barrel aged over two Winters
  • Truquilemu is perhaps the freshest corner of The Maule secano where reds just manage to ripen.
  • Truquilemu Vineyard is found on the Coastal Range of mountains (much older and slower to cool than the Andes) Soils are granitic and sub-soils have cracked granite that allow roots to get deep into cracks.

This wine was grown by a small farmer in the Maule. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines with vines.

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 three or more uses.

This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule who have been stewards of the vines  since colonial times. The 57th wine we have produced since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 57

 

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

“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 freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead.”
— Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 222

“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.”
— James Suckling

Spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and blue fruit joined by slowly emerging violet and rhubarb notes. Sappy and concentrated but lithe as well, offering energetic black raspberry, spice-cake 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—Josh Raynolds

 

C r i t i c s    N o t e s  

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

 

Previous Vintages — same single vineyard parcel

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.

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
The 2012 Lot #39 Carignan Garnacha Mataró Field Blend is from the Truquilemu Vineyard in Empedrado, in the Maule Valley, a zone closer to the coast. This is the older sibling of Lot #47 from 2013, and feels riper, headier, with notes of plums among those decayed violets, earth and tree bark, rustically elegant. The palate is medium-bodied with the signature high acidity of the Cariñena; all these wines have unbelievably low pH, but here the soils and proximity to the sea makes them higher in freshness and acidity. 3,500 bottles produced.  92 pts Drink now-2019

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Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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Truqui #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately ...

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Don Álvaro canastero 2018 or 1958?Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Instagram post 17905246915167211 No picking for a few days as we wait for tank turnover and some family time sanity balance — shan’t be doing this tomorrow so I shall share an extended from this morning. Eat your heart out Matt: it was a 5:45 start Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

No picking for a few days as we wait for tank turnover and some family time sanity balance — shan’t be doing this tomorrow so I shall share an extended from this morning. Eat your heart out Matt: it was a 5:45 start Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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And they walked off towards the horizon like a hollywood film ending - Vintage 2o17 you were a right pain in the arse but seems you'll produce a few gems. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Hillside Truq Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Raulito llevando Truqui Pais — Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Don Hugo stepping out Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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El carrucho pulled by “Máquina” in Truquilemu Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Miguel & Sonia picking early in Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Up early again Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Growing grapes makes for a lot of walking - @singleferments #gwcotrabajosdecampo #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Instagram post 17877669640017903 Last day picking and the folks all begin to take the P out of me about taking pics. Such posers, but what a posse! #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard

Last day picking and the folks all begin to take the P out of me about taking pics. Such posers, but what a posse! #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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First basket of Truqui - Truquilemu #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Loving the sleigh (carrucho) tracks in the foreground. Truquilemu #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Maquina at work - Truquilemu #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Garaje con "je" #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Don Alvaro makes way for Bestia #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Instagram post 17871238660070680 Don Sebastian y Don Alvaro Raul Jorge y la Maquina - last pickings in Truqui for 2o17 #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard

Don Sebastian y Don Alvaro Raul Jorge y la Maquina - last pickings in Truqui for 2o17 #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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And suddenly they all start making fun of the photographer ( @matt.wilson_gc I use the term lightly ) and they stop to pose. #gwcotruquilemuvineyard ...

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Instagram post 17926347586100163 “Maquina” steps out Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

“Maquina” steps out Truquilemu Vineyard #gwcotruquilemuvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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