Maipo Valley – Chile

Derek Mossman, his wife Pilar Miranda, and Dr. Alvaro Peña are producing 1,500 cases total per year of old-vine Carignan, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, with fruit sourced from small growers in Maule and Maipo. Winemaking here veers towards the “natural” spectrum – all wines are fermented with native yeast, see no additions of any kind, very little new wood, and are low in sulfites. Punch downs are by hand, and pressing is done in a small traditional basket. You may notice slight variation in bottle thickness and shape if you were to open up cases, as Derek Mossman takes recycling to the next level and actually reuses old bottles, bottling in salvaged, used wine bottles in partnership with a recycling company located near the winery. Derek is also the founder of M.O.V.I. (Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes), Chile’s exciting, fast-growing association of independent vintners.
sw-garage-cabCabernet Sauvignon Lot #51

Fragrant, racy, and expressive, it offers up scents of black cherry, black raspberry, floral notes, and Asian spices. Made in a finesse style, on the palate it has plenty of concentration, potential complexity, and a lengthy finish. 330 cases made.

2013 Lot #51 - 92 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2012 Lot #44 - 91 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Lot #37 - 91 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 Lot #37 - 90 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
garage-carignanCarignan Lot #39
Bright ruby red. Pungent smoke and spice-accented aromas of dark berries and licorice, with a floral quality adding an exotic touch. Smooth and appealingly sweet on entry, then tighter in the middles palate, offering intense blackberry cassis flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. Closes on a juicy note, with mounting tannins and lingering spiciness.

2011 Lot #34 - 93 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Lot #34 - 93 Points, "Best of Maule", "Best of Variety" - Descorchados
2011 Lot #34 - 92 Points, James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
2011 Lot #34 - 91 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
garage-francCabernet Franc Lot #50
Clean aroma of raspberry leaf and red fruits along with balsamic notes and great purity. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh, clean and pure, with a bitter note that lingers in your mouth. Production: 700 cases

2013 Lot #50 - 93 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2012 Lot #42 - 90 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Lot #36 - 93 Points, "Best Cab Franc of Chile" - Descorchados
2014 2011 Lot #36 - 92 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Lot #36 - 91 Points, James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com