Loncomilla Valley, Maule, Chile
Alc. 14.5 %
Since 1990, Fransisco Gilmore has endeavoured to produce "the highest quality wines in the Locomilla Valley", with the help of his daughter Daniella and son-in-law, renowned winemaker Andres Sanchez. Gilmore Winery was founded with the intention of creating "wines that exceed expectations and open the mind to the true potential of Chilean wine".
Superior grapes are the foundation of all great wines, and Gilmore's grapes are harvested by hand from Tabontinaja Vineyards; a production method that requires significant time and exceptional skill. Vigno Carignan demonstrates world class winemaking techniques. Harvested from 50 year old vines, this wine holds the Chilean VIGNO classification, which requires at least 65% of the wine in any bottling to be made from old vine Carignan (30 years or older) and all vineyards to be dry farmed and located in the Maule region. Enjoy today or by 2022, maybe longer. We suggest decanting first and serving at 17 C.
Aubergine core with glimmers of plum. It is deep in the center with gradual lightening near the edges.
Gilmore's wines are notable for their qualities of luscious floral and aromatic herbal notes. Ageing for 18 months in barriques and oak foudres, there is touches of vanilla, toast, baking spices. Also, brightening aromas of menthol and bay leaf.
The 2012 was rated 94 points by Wine Advocate, noting "The palate shows some grainy, slightly dusty tannins that call for food, which paired with the high acidity (pH 3.28) makes it somehow austere and serious -- a bit of a contrast with the explosive nose. This has the stuffing and acidity to develop a long time in bottle." Only 10,000 bottles produced, be sure to take time to enjoy this with your favourite people.
You will want to ensure a proper meal, as the boldness and tannin are strong. Ribeye with a dark crust and light seasoning, a simple pairing that will showcase the wine.
Columbia Valley, Washington
Retail: $64.99 Club: $49.49