Clos des Fous 2015 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes

Clos des Fous 2015 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes

Item Number: 12647

UPC: 7-804640220032

Country: Chile
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Maule
Appellation/AVA: Cauquenes
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 33% Carignan / 22% Pais / 12% Portugais Bleu / 12% Petite Sirah / 10% Syrah / 6% Malbec / 5% Cinsault
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.3
Soil Type: Granite
Elevation: 490 feet
Case Production: 1,135

Vineyard Notes: Grapes are sourced from a 4.5-acre, low-yielding vineyard of bush vines in Cauquenes in the Maule Valley. The vines were planted in 1985 at 490 feet above sea level in granite soils. Farmed lutte raisonée .

Winemaking Notes: Each variety is vinified separately in either concrete vats or stainless steel tanks. The wine is left on the lees for 12 months and is bottled lightly filtered.

92pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Advocate 2/28/2020
"The 2016 Cauquenina is composed of 30% País, 25% Carignan, 22% Syrah, 15% Malbec and 8% Carmenere from small plots of ungrafted vines on red granite soils mostly around the city of Cauquenes in Maule and some in Itata. It had a traditional fermentation and matured exclusively in stainless steel and concrete. The nose seems quite dominated by the Cariñena/Carignan, with a dusty/earthy character, and it is ripe without excess but with a different profile than previous vintages. It's less balsamic and is more serious, with a medium to full-bodied palate with plenty of grainy tannins and good acidity. This needs food."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (10/31/2018)

    The multi-grape blend 2015 Cauquenina wants to show the character of the Secano Interior and Costero rather than the varietals used in it. It does show some ripeness and spicy oak. It feels like a serious red, with 14% alcohol, good weight and fine-grained tannins.