94 pts Descorchados June 2019
BEST CARIGNANS OF THE YEAR/ BEST VALLEY CHOICE/ MELOZAL: From old-vine carignan in the Melozal zone, in the heart of Maule’s dry farmed secano, this wine was aged in a combination of foudres and used oak, and the result is a delightfully fresh and so light it’s almost ethereal, full of red fruit and floral flavors in a kind of new-style carignan that’s much more focused on freshness. It’s almost for quenching your thirst.
92 pts Wine & Spirits 2020 Top 100 Best Buy
Marcelo Garcia makes this wine from a vineyard in Melozal, Cauquenes, where TerraNoble works with a grower farming 60-to-100-year-old vines. Garcia ages it in old barriques to mellow the tannins without creating any barrier to the pure expression of Maule’s great, often overlooked Secano Interior. Those carignan tannins are black against the red juice, the flavors made vivid by blood-orange acidity. You might find pomegranate or currant tones to the fruit, which feels spicy and cool at once. A lovely Cauquenes red, and a steal at the price.
91 pts James Suckling April 2019
A powerful and highly structured carignan with dark cherries and plenty of mineral power, plus crisp acidity
This Carignan is the result of a long-term relation with a producer from Melozal, aimed at maintaining the traditions that have been passed from generation to generation. Therefore, we don’t interfere in the management of these very old 60-100 year-old vines, intending to transmit the terroir and the authenticity of this varietal in each bottle.
Poor and shallow depth soils along with high temperatures and water stress confer high concentration and rich natural acidity, typical of the granitic quartz soils and significant temperature ranges. The diversity of the landscape in terms of topography and plantations is very important as it forms a supplement that gives complexity to the wine. Coastal dry climate with very hot summer and broad temperature differential.
Vinified in small lots with long maceration in order to get fruitness and a round mouthfeel. Its high natural acidity and tannins allow the wine to be aged for a long time with a good evolution.
Intense deep red color, with outstanding aromas of red fruits, sour cherries, flowers and mineral notes. Very refreshing, complex and well-structured on the palate, its rustic tannins have been tamed by the time spent in old barrels bestowing a better evolution of the tannins.