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De Martino Vigno 2013 750ml
SKU 791515

De Martino Vigno Red Blend 2013

Maule - Valle Central - Chile

Professional Wine Reviews for De Martino Vigno Red Blend 2013

Rated 96 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Vigno Single Vineyard La Aguada is part of the Vigno association of producers of Carignan (Carinena) from the Maule Valley. The wine is produced from a field blend from an ungrafted, dry farmed, head-pruned old vineyard called La Aguada in Sauzal, with approximately 85% to 90% Carignan and 10% other red varieties (Malbec, Cinsault, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon...); these vines were planted in 1955 on granite soils. The secret here is to mature the wine in large volume oak containers, something they are doing with all of their top wines that has worked really well. 2013 is a year with better natural acidity than previous years, while alcohol levels were moderate, yields were naturally high and they had to work to contain them. The grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in 5,000-liter oak foudres for two years. This is a wine of character, the nose has a special freshness and incipient complexity for such an early age; there are aromas of bacon, tree bark, wild berries and a pinch of spices. The palate is medium-bodied with refined, ultra-polished tannins that give elegance to that internet rusticity, while at the same time it is restrained with a certain austerity. The vintage is very marked in De Martino's Vigno bottling. This follows the verticality of the 2011, much fresher than the 2012. I've had this wine at least four times and it's quite a chameleon, sometimes showing itself more like a Syrah, sometimes it felt more Carinena and it was always ever changing in the glass. There is a lot of complexity, and even if sometimes I felt like there was a lack of typicity, my final conclusion is that the field blend has to be the reason for such complexity and changing personality. We shall see in future vintages how the aging in the large oak vats develop, and if they are partly responsible for the wine profile. I tasted it with the other Vignos and this was completely different. For now, this is certainly world-class Carinena, and among the best wines produced in Chile. Well done! An open bottle evolved nicely during the course of three days, which gives an indication of a robust wine resistant to oxidation, which I think should also evolve nicely and slowly in bottle. The 2011 is now a little reductive, so decant in advance. For the quality this wine delivers, the price is awesome. 13,300 bottles produced.

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01/27/17
In over 14 years of tasting wine for a living, I have sampled hundreds of Chilean red, and I can say with conviction...they are just not normally for me. It is not easy to say why, maybe it is the aggressive tannins, or the "barn-yardy" nature of them. Something just does not 'do it' for me.

This wine 'DOES IT' for me...in a fairly big way. Carignan is not a grape I drink very often, as it generally not the dominant grape in bottles imported into the US, but this wine will make me start looking harder.

On the nose, it really reminds me of some of the more powerful Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, but with a tad more funk. If you have tried Merry Edwards PN Klopp Ranch, this strongly reminded me of it. Some stewed plums, untanned leather, raw meat, and soy sauce on the nose. On the palate, it is a dream. The tannins are liquid velvet, the taste is stewed fruits (but very subtle, this is not a fruit forward wine), herbs, and a touch of saline/iodine. Very savory. But it is the tannins that you will remember...drinking this wine is like putting on a fresh pair of silk pajamas. Classy, comfy, and memorable.

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Winery De Martino

Region: Valle Central

The Valle Central in Chile has long since been one of South America's most productive and prodigious wine regions, with millions of bottles leaving the wineries of the region each year. The climate of Valle Central is hugely varied, thanks to the many micro-climates caused by the geological features of the region. As such, a relatively wide range of grape varietals thrive there, depending on the location. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot do very well in the warmer, more humid areas, whilst white grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere can be found at higher altitudes. The region itself has been producing wines for an astonishingly long time; since the 16th century, vines have been cultivated in the Maipo Valley and close to the capital, Santiago, and the wine industry of Valle Central is now stronger than ever.

Country: Chile

When the wealthy new landowners of the 19th century began planting large vineyards in the fertile central valleys of Chile, they must have been impressed at how successful the imported Old World grape varietals took to the land. However, such a fact is hardly surprising; with eight months of blazing sunshine coupled with oceanic winds from the west, and crystal clear spring waters from the Andes irrigating the soil, grapes such as Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were given everything they needed to flourish, and more. As the centuries passed, Chilean wineries continued to expand and experiment, resulting in a wide range of wine production methods and techniques, and consistently producing fine quality wines perfect for the international market. Nowadays, Chile is renowned for producing a wide variety of crisp white wines, and juicy, fruity reds enjoyed around the world for their drinkability and flavorful character, making this country very much one of the 'New World', albeit one with a fascinating link to the Old.