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2013 Clos Des Fous Cauquenina Itata CauquenesBlend from Chile


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  • 94 James Suckling -
  • 93 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
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A fascinating handmade wine with so much earth and spice aromas and flavors. Full body, light tannins and a rich and flavorful finish. So much going on here. Made from bought grapes from small growers mostly in the Caquenes region. Old head pruned vines. Pais, cinsult, carignan, malbec, syrah, portugais bleu. Soulful. Drink now.

93 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The nose of the balsamic blend 2013 Cauquenina reminded me of the Latuffa -- exotic, perfumed, minty, hinting on eucalyptus, cola nut and dried flowers. It's a multi-grape blend from six old vineyards, some field blends and some with separate varieties; it's made up of almost half of Carignan (CariƱena) with Syrah and Malbec, as well as some 5% to 6% each of Carmenere and Portuguais Bleu, with no oak whatsoever. The palate is superbly integrated and compact, very tasty with lively acidity and a mineral finish. Again, this has a marked style/profile, very showy and aromatic. This has to be one of the best values in Chile, a pleasant red that is so easy to drink, it might be dangerous... 27,596 bottles produced.

92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

Brilliant ruby-red. High-pitched red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of Asian spices and floral pastilles. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet, spice-laced raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors and hints of succulent herbs and candied flowers. Shows impressive clarity and cut on the incisive finish, which features silky tannins and impressively persistent floral and spicecake notes.

Product Detail

Item # 102007
Country Chile
Region Central Valley
Sub-Region Maule

94 - James Suckling -

93 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Malbec, Carignan / Carinena, Syrah / Shiraz, Pack
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Taste pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha, currant, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, licorice, anise, blueberry and blackberry
Nose spice, earth, currant, cherry, violet, rose petal, oak, smoke, mushroom, spice box, cedar and dark fruit