Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Unique Red from Chile!

Unique Red from Chile!

2020 J Bouchon Pais Salvaje...$18.99
Never been touched by the human hand, these Pais vines grow wildly in the trees next to the vineyards. 100% organic, 100% dry-farmed, 100% wild.

Best Buy. Based in Mingre, southwest of Talca and halfway to the sea, Bouchon farms 120-year-old Pais vines in the traditional method, allowing them to grow wild, as vines do, climbing up into the trees at the edge of the vineyard. They make this wine as it would have been made 120 years ago, destemming the bunches by forcing them through the woven sticks of a zaranda, working over a cement vat where the grapes ferment without additions, aging the wine in cement and bottling it unfiltered. It's a long way to travel from Mingre to Massachusetts, so it was surprising how much life this wine sustained, impervious to the distance from home, continuing to morph and grow with each taste, starting green, with a hint of tomato leaf, turning cool, toward raspberries and the tannins of their seeds, slipping into silky grace as delicious fruit completes the structure of a grand cru of Chile 
Rated 95/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine

The aromatic, floral and delicate 2020 PaĆ­s Salvaje is pale and bright, with moderate alcohol and a superb palate with explosive flavors, all purity and nuance, quite harmonious and full of energy. It has moderate alcohol and great balance. Very tasty, super affordable and a great example of what the variety is capable of. 
Rated 92+/100 Wine Advocate

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