Rogue Vine 2016 'Grand Itata' Tinto, Itata Valley
Item Number: 11977
Region: Southern Regions
Sub Region: Itata
Appellation/AVA: Itata Valley
Vineyard Designation: La Bella
Grape(s): 95% Cinsault / 5% Pais
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Paleozoic granite
Elevation: 820 feet
Winemaking Notes: This is a blend of old vine grapes consisting of 95% Cinsault and 5% Pais. The grapes are sourced from the La Bella Vineyard that was planted in 1960. The bush vines are harvested by hand and then whole berry fermented with native yeast. Maturation occurs in 10-year-old neutral oak.
Tasting Notes: The nose shows bright red fruits of raspberry and strawberry with rose petals and hints of fresh forest floor. The palate is defined by its tannin and acid structure that keeps the wine lifted accentuating the fruit and leading to a racy finish.
90pts (2015 Vintage) Wine Advocate 4/28/2017
"The red 2015 Grand Itata is a blend of Cinsault and some 10% País mixed in the field from a low-yielding, healthy vintage. The vineyard was planted in 1960 with head-pruned, organically farmed vines on granite soils. It fermented in small, 1,500-liter concrete vats with natural yeasts where the wine was kept for one year. It's quite earthy and with lots of spices (clove), a little rustic. The palate is quite tasty, also a little rustic with some dusty tannins, in need of some food, with which it should be quite versatile."