07 Apr 2017
Garage Wine Co Soothsayers Ferment Cinsault - from old vine material out of the south of Chile
There is a quiet wine revolution taking place in southern Chile where focus is now on the very traditional varietals, that for hundreds of years have been the backbone of its industry.
Most wine drinkers in the US may think of Chilean wine in terms of its mainstream varietals that came at a later date, with strong affiliation for Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties. There has been a reawakening with varietals like Pais, Cinsault and Carignan, many from very old-vine material. These varietals are being re-discovered as viable varietals that speak greatly of a place with noted historical perspective. Many people in the know consider these wines to be the most exciting wines coming from Chile at the moment.
The Garage Wine Company has been working with these somewhat obscure varietals as part of their small batch, lot numbered wines. Garage Wine Company began in 2001 in a culture not familiar with starting a business in your garage, and especially not garage winemaking. The concept has been to do small batch wines from really special vineyards by hand. Historically most winemaking companies in Chile have been large corporate affairs, quite opposite the idea of a garagiste winemaker. Garage Wine Co. also started a movement of independent winemakers, which provided the spark for the revolution that we are now seeing the results of.
The just released 2015 Garage Wine Co. The Soothsayers Ferment Cinsault from the Itata Valley, sourced from old vine stock, is an engaging red that helps bring attention to a varietal that has been in Chile since the 1600's and is now starting to get some interest thrown its way. It was recently reviewed by Vinous, which gave the wine a 90 point review, where Josh Raynolds had this to say, "Bright and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry, bitter cherry and allspice flavors and a touch of lavender. Seamless and nicely concentrated, a strong jolt of peppery spices sharpens the long, gently tannic finish." We are offering this unique and intriguing red from the south of Chile for $17.99 a bottle and $16.19 on a six bottle or more buy. As with all the Garage Wines the production is always small, 500 cases for this wine, while the quality is extremely high.
Posted by Gregg 00:00:00