2013 Garcia & Schwaderer "Vigno" Carignane Maule Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95+ points. Felipe García and Connie Schwaderer started purchasing grapes from Jorge Ollé on Melozal in 2007, and in 2008 they bottled their first pure Carignan. Their first Vigno is from 2009. Their 2013 Vigno is from this same old vine, dry and organically farmed Carignan vineyard that was planted in 1958 on granite soils. The field has been worked by the same family since it was planted. As per their philosophy, they went for minimal intervention, without additions or corrections, and the wine matured in third\ use French barriques for two years. The color is already impressive, a bright ruby -- the brightness indicating high acidity. The nose is an explosion of flowers, terribly elegant with great harmony, subtlety and depth, with imperceptible oak and fruit from the red spectrum. The silky palate has electric acidity (it has an incredible pH of 3.12!), layers of flavors and superb persistence. This has to be their finest wine ever, and great value for the money; you don't find this quality at this price. Grab it if you can! (LG)
(raised for two years in neutral French oak barrels) Vivid purple. Energetic cherry, cassis and lavender aromas pick up Asian spice and mineral qualities with air. Suave, densely packed red and blue fruit preserve and floral pastille flavors are braced and lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. Impressively lively given its concentration and breadth, and it shows no rough edges. Fine-grained tannins shape a long, focused finish that emphatically repeats the floral note. (JR)
Aromas of white pepper, dried fruit and hots stones follow through to a medium to full body, fine tannins and a tart finish. Lively wine.
Very deeply coloured, black core. Distinctive aroma: sweet red cherry and a herbal, garrigue-like quality (wild scrubland). In the aroma at least, more red-fruited than any so far in this line up. Gorgeous on the palate too -- that red cherry plus a note of orange, the fruit singing. Smooth, compact tannins, still quite thick but soft and rounded, like melted chocolate, so fresh and those red-fruit flavours linger long and super-fresh on the finish. 17.5/20 points. (JH)
Vigno represents an unusual and cool concept, a project devoted to one single, dry farmed Carignane vineyard, planted on granitic soils, whose fruit is purchased by various wineries to be independently made into original bottlings. García & Schwaderer are one of the wineries who make a Vigno bottling, and in 2013 have arguably made the best of them all. Brightly colored, with lively aromatics and crunchy, tangy fruit, this is a phenomenal bottle of red wine.