2014 Garage Wine Company "Vigno" Carignane Maule Valley (Previously $40)

SKU #1311155 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Vigno from Garage Wine Co. also has the subtitle of Old Vines Dry Farmed Carignan. It was sourced from an extremely old vineyard in what they consider the freshest corner of the Maule 'secano,' in Truquilemu. Part of full clusters were used for the vinification and foot-treading. It's made of fruit farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming and 70+-year-old vines. It fermented with native yeasts in open top vats and aged in well-seasoned, neutral oak barrels for two winters. The nose shows the cool climate of the region; it's intensely aromatic, floral and fresh. But, it's in the palate where the vibrant acidity and the lively texture give it electric freshness where you really see the reflection of the place, the climate and the austerity of the soils. This is simply stunning. (LG)  (4/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 This is so bright and vivid with dark berry and spice. Full to medium body, core of pretty fruit and a flavorful finish. One of the best carignans this year. Drink now.  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Derek Mossman began Garage Wine Company at a time when there were relatively few smaller, family owned wineries in Chile. He not only started his venture to produce hand made wines on a human scale, but also to buy fruit from and support farmers with great quality fruit throughout the country. Along the way, he also banded together a group of like minded wineries to create MOVI, a platform to promote smaller production wineries in Chile. Vigno is one of Garage's most special wines, a single vineyard wine which celebrates old vine, dry farmed Carignane. It is fantastic red wine, and one of southern Chile's iconic wines for sure.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
We worked our supplier connections pretty hard to get as many bottles of this sub 3,000 bottle production gem of a wine as we could. Vigno represents an association of growers who source old vine Carignane from Chile's Secano interior section of the Maule Valley, an area which, for Carignane lovers (count me in) arguably produces the best examples of this grape variety in the world, right up there with bottlings of Priorat which often sell for nearly three figure prices. Derek's 2014 VIGNO is a masterpiece of the genre. It opens with one of those explosively bright noses where you can smell the freshness and acidity, a fine beginning to be sure. The palate shows incredibly energetic, lively black cherry and wild berry fruit flavors, a freshness that betrays the low 3.2 pH, as well as the fresh granite, quartz and red clay soils in this section of Chile's coastal range. It is one of the few wines I've tasted recently that I simply could not spit out - it's that good, and I suggest you buy some before we run out.While we secured, by my calculation, about 10% of the production, as I mentioned earlier on that is still a very tiny amount!

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- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14