2011 De Martino "Las Cruces" Single Vineyard Cachapoal Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Single Vineyard Las Cruces is sourced from a 2.8-hectare alluvial terrace in Cachapoal, opposite Peumo, a dry-farmed vineyard planted in 1957 on granitic and clay soils. In Cachapoal it rains around 500 millimeters per year, compared with the Maule Valley where it rains around 800 millimeters. These old vineyards are planted with a mix of about two-thirds Malbec and the rest Carmenere. They are harvested when the Malbec is ready, then everything is co-fermented. This wine has a fresh note of red fruits, violets, a hint of raspberry leaf and some yummy notes of cooked meat with the complexity of old vines that have slowly developed over time. The fruit is bright and shiny, with a high-toned mix of ripe peaches and flowers, something I have seen in other wines from Cachapoal. The palate is vibrant with fine tannins, and supple with a strong imprint from the soil rather than the fruit, finishing with a high-toned licorice note. A great terroir-driven red. Drink 2014-2020. (LG)
Dark ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented dark berry aromas show very good energy and a hint of candied licorice. At once fleshy and lively, offering sweet blackcurrant and cherry flavors and a subtle mineral undertone. Hangs on with strong tenacity on the gently tannic finish, leaving sappy dark fruit flavors behind. I find this wine quite approachable after an hour or so of air. (JR)
A snappy red, with lithe flavors of mulberry, dried blackberry and dark plum that feature plenty of savory accents. Licorice and tar notes linger on the rich and well-spiced finish. (Web Only-2014)
The second largest owner of organic vineyards in Chile, with 740 acres in production, De Martino is stepping up to the plate in other ways as well: the winery is 100% carbon neutral and beginning in 2011 they have stopped purchasing new oak barrels. That year they purchased 140 tinajas, the traditional Chilean clay vessels that resemble amphoras, in varying shapes and sizes. They also invested in 5000l Austrian (Stockinger) foudres. Las Cruces is a delicious single vineyard bottling that is representative of some of the best that this exciting winery has to offer.