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Pedro Parra y Familia "Imaginador" Itata Valley Cinsault 2015

92 Wine Advocate
90 Our Score
(2/2017) Pedro Parra is a master of terroir, dedicating his life to trying to understand what drives it. After having traveled and worked throughout much of the rest of the world he returned to his native Chile because he believed that it, and more specifically the Itata region to the far South, has some of the most expressive and dynamic terroir in all of Chile. The "Imaginador" bottling is labeled as Cinsault from various blocks planted over 200 years ago; with the average vine age is between 71 and 110 years old. Much like old vine Zinfandel plots in California, this site is not entirely Cinsault. There is a smattering of other grapes interspersed throughout, such as Muscat, Semillon, Carignan and Pais. The wine beautifully displays the intense mineral and rocky characteristics of the volcanic soil, with plenty of lift and freshness to the spicy berry-tinged palate. A great glimpse into how wine has been traditionally done in this region for hundreds of years.
$
1799
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~36 bottlesCheck all Stores

La Boutanche Cinsault 2016 1.0 LT

89 Our Score
(6/2017) Martin Texier is now firmly at the helm of the Rhone La Boutanche line and he is crafting some very tasty wines! The fruit is sourced from the St. Julien-St Alban region, that his father Eric famously revived, and comes from meticulously farmed vineyards. Martin is using a technique he calls "infusion", where he is essentially making a red wine in the manner typically used for whites. The end result is a delicately structured red with very fine tannins and dizzying aromatics. The nose is just simply gorgeous. Don't forget to add a slight chill.
$
1499
Discount:
1.0 LT
Available:
~36 bottlesCheck all Stores
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