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The 2018 Massal 1945 Malbec is from a cooler year that delivered fresh wines with moderate alcohol. The Malbec vines are scattered among the Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1945, and were picked separately, fermented in open 500-liter bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in neutral 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. It's floral and varietal, clean and expressive, with moderate alcohol and good freshness, fine tannins and tasty, focused flavors. This is a varietal, floral and expressive Malbec. 1,200 bottles were filled in June 2019. (LG)
Some bell-pepper aromas here with a very bright array of red plums and redcurrants. The palate has crisp, juicy tannins and bright, red-plum flavors. Drink in the next four years.
We are very excited to be offering wines from our newest direct import from Chile, Clos de Luz. Located in the Almahue Valley sub region of the Rapel Valley. Almahue Valley is located 70 miles SouthEast of Santiago, 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 28 miles from the Andes Mountains. The Clos de Luz estate was first planted by the current owners great grandfather in 1892, it now spreads over 33 hectares of vineyards planted in granitic soil with quartz components of volcanic origins. The oldest vines now date back to 1945 and were planted by their grandmother, Luz. They are some of the oldest Carménère vineyards in Chile, and probably in the world. The domaine’s vineyards are 100% ungrafted and massal selections. The vineyards are certified sustainable. The grapes are hand harvested, with strict fruit selection. The fruit is gently extracted then vinified and raised with minimal interventions. These wines are elegant with depth and complexity but most importantly they showcase the uniqueness of their special origin.
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