De Martino Vigno 2013 750ml
SKU 791515

De Martino Vigno 2013

Maule - Valle Central - Chile

Professional Wine Reviews for De Martino Vigno 2013

Rated 96 by Wine Advocate
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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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

Chile's Valle Central has to be one of the oldest 'New World' wine regions on earth, with a viticultural history which stretches all the way back to the 16th century, and the time of the first European settlers in South America. This long stretch of valleys and mountains, which extends between Maipo and Maule, has grown to become one of the most prodigious and productive wine regions on the continent, with a reputation for big, flavourful and characterful wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Carmenere all flourish in various part of Valle Central, and the many micro-climates which characterize the region allow wineries to experiment and innovate with their crops. Today, the Chilean wine industry is stronger than ever, and quality has for the first time overtaken quantity as a priority, making it something of a golden age for the country's wine producers.

Country: Chile

Whilst being widely regarded as definitively 'New World' as a wine producing country, Chile has actually been cultivating grapevines for wine production for over five hundred years. The Iberian conquistadors first introduced vines to Chile with which to make sacramental wines, and although these were considerably different in everything from flavor, aroma and character to the wines we associate with Chile today, the country has a long and interesting heritage when it comes to this drink. Chilean wine production as we know it first arose in the country in the mid to late 19th century, when wealthy landowners and industrialists first began planting vineyards as a way of adopting some European class and style. They quickly discovered that the hot climate, sloping mountainsides and oceanic winds provided a perfect terroir for quality wines, and many of these original estates remain today in all their grandeur and beauty, still producing the wines which made the country famous.