Clos des Fous 2016 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes

Clos des Fous 2016 'Cauquenina' Red Blend, Cauquenes

Item Number: 15137

UPC: 7-804640220032

Country: Chile
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Maule
Appellation/AVA: Cauquenes
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Carignan / Pais / Portugais Bleu / Petite Sirah / Syrah / Malbec / Cinsault
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.9
Soil Type: Granite
Elevation: 490 feet

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.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (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.