2016 Garage Wine Company Pais

SKU #1291773 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I also tasted the second version of the single ferment País, the 2016 País. There is more freshness here, and it's not only the year. In this second ferment they increased the amount of fruit from Triquilemu. There is a note of pencil lead, unusual acidity for País and very good freshness. (LG)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

Pais, which is the same grape variety as Mission in California and originally known as Listan Negro in Spain's Canary Islands, is an impressive vine, hearty, vigorous, and often times over a century old in Chile. When it's well cultivated and made properly, the resulting wine if bright, fresh, intensely fruited yet also naturally balanced with acidity and firm tannins - never blowsy or heavy. Derek Mossman is up to some truly interesting things on the Chilean wine scene. Whether it's dry farmed Maule Carignane, Cabernet Franc, or this fantastic pais, the man is making very interesting wines and raising the qualitative bar.

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2017 | Send Email
Wow! This is one of the most interesting, complex wines that I have had in a number of weeks. It has an intense nose of black licorice, red fruits and baked brown sugar. On the palate, a totally different game with tart chalkiness and tannin. An absolute delight that is affordable, as well!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
Mission, or Pais, is a little of a head scratcher for me, especially if you read the back label. This is a wine that plays with expectations; it smells like a Pinot but with the power of a Cab. Aromatically it is delicate red berries macerated with a moderate amount of spices; on the palate are big, solid and polished tannins. What isn’t confusing is how good this wine is.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
This is a great expression of the Mission or Pais grape! Perhaps one of the more difficult varietals to make well, this grape has a large presence in Chile, and in its best form can be both a powerful and intriguing wine. This bottle shows smoky, meaty aromas, with bright boysenberry fruit. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, with exuberant young berry fruit, fine-boned tannin, and bright, tangy acidity. Overall a fresher, lighter style of Pais, but with the dark-fruited smokey intensity that marks this varietal's unique expression.

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- 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.