90 pts Vinous
The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dash of 15% Syrah from Peñalolén, Maipo Alto, and was aged for 8 months in 1/3 new barrels. Garnet-red in hue. The balsamic, redcurrant-inflected nose offers hints of cherry over a bed of cigar box. The liqueur-like palate is heated up by the alcohol from the warm year while the finely grained tannins and juicy feel make for a long lasting, fruity finish.
Peñalolén winery was founded by vineyard owner Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabel. They are focused on producing unique Chilean wines, full of personality and verve. The wines are made by winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze, well respected for his deft hand in producing memorable wines. All grapes are grown and hand harvested with meticulous care to guarantee the integrity of the fruit, and picked early in the morning when the weather is coolest. Peñalolén truly is a family-owned, boutique winery committed to making wines of distinction.
Low yields and hand harvesting indicate the care given to the superior fruit from this single-vineyard winery located on the gravelly slopes of the Maipo Valley. These standards extend to the wine-making process, with meticulous grape selection and aging in French oak barrels for 12 months. Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this is a complex and velvety wine with a soft structure, spicy tannins and a fruity finish