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2019 Laberinto "Cenizas de Laberinto" Sauvignon Blanc Maule Valley

SKU #1479095 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 2019 was a milder year than 2018, and the 2019 Cenizas de Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc is marginally more civilized than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It was kept with the lees in the fermentation vessel for some eight months. Even so, in this part of much cooler Maule, the differences between vintages tend to be more subtle, and 2019 is not a warm vintage, just less cold. Perhaps the wine is a little rounder, more citrusy than herbal and surprisingly has lower alcohol than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It has terrific balance on the palate, with acidity that still makes you salivate and is effervescent but perhaps not as sharp as colder years. It's a balanced vintage,, and the wine feels very complete and precise. 18,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2019. He has moved from screwcap to natural cork in 2019, as he thinks it will result in higher complexity as the wine ages in bottle. Bravo! (LG) 94+ Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

Rafael Tirado owns one of Chile's truly original properties in the tiny, high elevation section of Maule Valley called Colbún. Some of the vines are literally planted in a "laberinto" (labrynth) formation, which in Rafael's words would force him and anyone else working the vineyard to slow down and think!

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2020 | Send Email
What a nose on this wine. You cannot pin it down. There are cool tropical notes, fresh green notes, and a stoniness. It is all swirling around like in a crystal ball or almost like the labyrinth on the label. Scents drift by and then are obfuscated; then something new appears, only to disappear and be replaced with something else. The palate is cool, intense, long, and mouthwatering. This is not a simple Sauvignon Blanc, but nor is it a contemplative wine. This is for anyone who thinks France first when they hear the name of the varietal. Stony and citrus zesty. This is a wine that I always look forward to; every year it exceeds my expectations.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2020 | Send Email
I've seen this movie before, but rarely done as well. Wines with round rich noses and this much focus and precision on the palette are usually disjointed at best, but this bottles takes that asymmetry and rides it to a complexity that distances it from lesser productions. Not so much challenging the Loire at it's own game as riffing off the catalog of the great Sancerres and Touraines with a new tune, this has a long, mineral, incredibly dry finish that lingers with stony, briny notes pushing around the classic grassy tones this grape always brings. The nose brings the New World credentials, with a warmer lemon and lychee melange that serves almost as an Apéritif to itself. Incredibly interesting wine that's also really, really good.

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