2016 Garage Wine Company Pais SKU #1291773


RP 91
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K&L Notes

Pais, which is the same grape variety as Mission in California and originally known as Listan Negro in Spain's Canary Islands, is an impressive vine, hearty, vigorous, and often times over a century old in Chile. When it's well cultivated and made properly, the resulting wine if bright, fresh, intensely fruited yet also naturally balanced with acidity and firm tannins - never blowsy or heavy. Derek Mossman is up to some truly interesting things on the Chilean wine scene. Whether it's dry farmed Maule Carignane, Cabernet Franc, or this fantastic pais, the man is making very interesting wines and raising the qualitative bar.

Staff Reviews

  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow! This is one of the most interesting, complex wines that I have had in a number of weeks. It has an intense nose of black licorice, red fruits and baked brown sugar. On the palate, a totally different game with tart chalkiness and tannin. An absolute delight that is affordable, as well!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Mission, or Pais, is a little of a head scratcher for me, especially if you read the back label. This is a wine that plays with expectations; it smells like a Pinot but with the power of a Cab. Aromatically it is delicate red berries macerated with a moderate amount of spices; on the palate are big, solid and polished tannins. What isn’t confusing is how good this wine is.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great expression of the Mission or Pais grape! Perhaps one of the more difficult varietals to make well, this grape has a large presence in Chile, and in its best form can be both a powerful and intriguing wine. This bottle shows smoky, meaty aromas, with bright boysenberry fruit. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, with exuberant young berry fruit, fine-boned tannin, and bright, tangy acidity. Overall a fresher, lighter style of Pais, but with the dark-fruited smokey intensity that marks this varietal's unique expression.


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