Wine Spectator 91 points - The dark cassis and kirsch notes weave through fine layers of baking spice, licorice and mesquite. Ambitious, yet balanced by a combination fine tannins and juicy acidity that keeps the dark finish fresh. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2016.—N.W. (Jan 30 2013)
Blocks 178 and 185 at the MontGras Ninquén Hill vineyard in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, between Chile’s Coastal Range and the Andes. The soil here is rich in clay, strewn with rocks and stones. Seven-year-old vines are trellised using vertical shoot positioning.
|Wine maker notes
|Select grapes are hand-harvested from Ninquén Hill. After de-stemming, whole berries are fermented on the skins. Following a 15-day maceration period, the wine is aged for approximately 18 months in new French oak barrels, then bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve high fruit concentration, deep color and intense aromas.
|Perfect accompaniment to roasted red meats, stews and flavorful cheeses.