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2018 Pedro Parra "Pencopolitano" Cinsault-Pais Itata

SKU #1508788 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There is a big change in the 2017 Pencopolitano, which is now from four different vineyards in Guarilihue (where he sources Cinsault) and Portezuelo (where he gets his País). This is fermented with some full clusters, depending on the year, and matured in untoasted foudres. Carignan has disappeared from the blend, which is now 67% Cinsault and 33% País. The aim is minerality and drinkability, using grapes grown on quartz-rich soils (of course, granite-based) that express the character of Itata, as the blend no longer has grapes from elsewhere like it did in the past. It smells of wild herbs and flowers, with a light to medium palate and very good freshness. This could very well be a different wine from the 2015, with grip and length. 11,267 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2018. (LG) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Pedro Parra is best know for his consulting work, he has a PhD in terrior, it is a real thing! He has spent the last 15 years traveling all over the world digging holes in to the best terroirs so vinticulturalist and winemakers have a better understanding of what they are working with. He is native to Concepción, Chile so when he decided to start making wine it made sense to hime to do so in his back yard in the Itata and Bio-Bio valleys. He uses all of his experience to help elevate these lesser known regions and there even lesser known varieties, Pais and Cinsault.

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