San Carlos-Malbec
91 pts Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Notes:
This limited edition wine presents a deep, intense purple-onyx color, along with an intense and elegant nose marked by aromas of ripe fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, and plums, as well as spices, subtle floral notes, and blonde tobacco. The fruity palate has tremendous structure and tannins that make their presence known while maintaining their velvety texture all leading to a deep and persistent finish.

The grapes that go into this wine come from the best sectors of Malbec blocks 5 and 6 at the San Carlos estate located near Cuncaco in the heart of the Colchagua Valley. The vineyard was planted 100 years ago. The soils has an alluvial origin with a sandy-clay texture. The soils is deep, extraordinarily porous, and has is able to administer water to the plant very well throughout the year, which is very important to the production of high-quality Malbec. The vineyard is planted to a density of 4,464 plants per hectare, and the vines are trellised to low vertical shoot position and cane or double-guyot pruned. Shoots are tipped in spring and early summer. Leaves are manually pulled in early March to increase sunlight and ventilation to the grapes.

Vinification process:
The first selection took place in the vineyard, and only the bunches in optimal condition were picked. The grapes were then manually selected prior to destemming and crushing into a tank, where they underwent a 7-day pre-fermentation cold soak at 810C (46-50F) for greater extraction of color and aromatic compounds. The alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 2729C (81-84F) with 45 short pump over per day and ending with a 10-day post-fermentation maceration.

Main aromas and flavors:
Blackberries, blueberries, and plums, as well as spices, subtle floral notes, and blonde tobacco.

100% Malbec

Aging process:
The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, and 70% with prior use.

Alcohol Contents:
4,5% vol.

History Awards:
91 pts Wine Enthusiast 2009
91 pts Parker 2007
91 pts Parker 2005