2012 Gillmore "Vigno" Carignane Maule Valley

SKU #1270889 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Vigno Carignan is pure Carignan from Loncomilla fermented in open stainless steel vats and aged for 18 months in barriques and oak foudres. This has the unmistakable nose of Gillmore: all flowers and aromatic herbs, hints of mint, even a touch of eucalyptus that is easy to recognize in a blind tasting. The palate shows some grainy, slightly dusty tannins that call for food, which paired with the high acidity (pH 3.28) makes it somehow austere and serious -- a bit of a contrast with the explosive nose. This has the stuffing and acidity to develop a long time in bottle. 10,000 bottles were filled in January 2014. Gillmore is one of the top quality producers in the Maule. (LG)  (12/2015)

91 points James Suckling

 Intense flowers and petals on the nose with dark fruits. Full body plus tangy and chewy character. Slate and mineral aftertaste. An intense red.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

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. The excellent Gillmore bottling (compare with the also delicious García & Schwaderer Vigno) shows loads of crunchy red fruit, mixed berry and eucalyptus notes on the palate. Well worth exploring!

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Varietal:

Carignane

- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5