Portezuelo Vineyard
Itata Valley
Carignan, Field-blend
2014 – Lot 58

“This Cariñena has more Mediterranean with notes of dried herbs and spices, quite balsamic. The palate has the austerity and tastiness of the granite.” – LG

Carignan from Itata with notes of Cinsault
Earthy with a touch more funk / jazz

Acidez titulable: 5,63 g/l
pH: 3,33
Residual Sugar: 2,14 g/l
Alcohol:  13,7 % vol

Bottles filled : 2168 in Nov 2015

Field-blend aprox:
Carignan – 8 barrels
Cinsault  – 1 barrel

This wine was grown by a small farmer in Itata. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming old vines with vines of Cinsault in the field-blend.

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.

This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Secano Interior who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times. Portezuelo was the site of the first winery in Chile. The 58th wine we have bottled since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 58.

Takeaways

  • Singular wine made from a small parcel with ancestral farming by hand and horse of the Secano Costero
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts in open top fermenters using punch-down
  • Barrel-aged two winters in French Barrels (various cooperages, 2 + uses– no new wood)
  • Cinsault is an age-old variety in Itata referred to as

 

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Portezuelo Vineyard D.O. Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 58 – 94 Pts
Delicado en boca, pero solo al comienzo. Luego saca sus garras y acidez, armando toda una fiesta.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Portezuelo Vineyard Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 58 – 93 Pts
The 2014 Portezuelo Vineyard, a Cariñena field blend planted in the early 1940s with some Cinsault from the Lavin family in Itata. The vineyard is on the initial slopes of the Coastal Range and enjoys shade early in the afternoon due to its exposure facing east. It compensated for the relative warmer temperatures from Portezuelo. Some people dismiss it because it’s a warm place, but it really keeps the freshness. It’s more Mediterranean with notes of dried herbs and spices, quite balsamic. The palate has the austerity and tastiness of the granite. 2,170 bottles were filled in December 2015. Drink 2017 – 2022 Luis Gutierrez

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017

Portezuelo Vineyard Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 58 – 93 Pts
This is a floral, beautiful red with dried roses and violets. Full body, medium chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink now.

 

Previous Vintages — same single vineyard parcel

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
Portezuelo Vineyard D.O. Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 48 – 92 Pts
As most of the Garage wines from the south, this is a Cariñena field blend with some Cinsault. The nose shows some wild herbs, flowers, spices and something earthy. There is less acidity in this wine from Itata than in most of the other examples from Maule; the wine feels fleshy and juicy, with very fine tannins and some grip. More accessible for those that might not want citric acidity in their reds. This is the first Garage Wine release from Itata. Some 3,700 bottles produced.  Drink 2015 – 2021 Luis Gutierrez

James Suckling .com 2015
GARAGE WINE Co. LOT #48 –  PORTEZUELO VINEYARD CARIGNAN – 93 pts
Lots of blackberry, wet earth and old vine bark. Full body, plenty of dark fruit, plus black pepper and cloves. Savory and rich. Delicious wine. Needs a year of bottle age but already excellent. James Suckling

 

Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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