Clos des Fous 2015 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes
Item Number: 12647
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Maule
Estate Grown Wine: No
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
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."