Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94+ points "Another single-vineyard Cinsault, the 2018 Monk is also named after a jazz musician, Thelonius Monk, who Pedro Parra describes as "complex and innovative." All of these wines had a native fermentation with some 30% full clusters, and in this case, the élevage was in 1,500-liter oak vats for just under one year. To me, this is the most complete of the three single-vineyard bottlings, and in a way, I see some similitude with the Imaginador bottling. It's also the most elegant and mineral as well as serious, balanced, terribly precise and long. 1,170 bottles were filled in March 2019." (LG)
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.
This is part of his Jazz series. He likes to use the analogy of a musician to terroir. A musician can perform the same piece over and over, but each time with will be a little diiferent. Every year presents a new oportunity for a terroir to perform the same song again.
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