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Garage Wine Co. 2014 Vigno

Producer Info
  • After about six years of making wine for an informal market of family and friends, Garage Wine Co. was featured in Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper in an article dedicated to the growing grass roots movement of small production wine making. The firm was referred to as “that Garage Wine Company” and it was too late to change the name, and time to forge an enterprise!
  • Garage Wine Co. makes about a dozen different single vineyard wines per year that include mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Maipo and a bevy of traditionally farmed Carignan based blends from Maule and Itata.
  • Grapes are trucked to harvest in a trailer behind Derek Mossman's trusty pickup 2,000 kilos at a time and these are "naked" Chilean wines to the core - Fermented with native yeasts, punched down manually, and raised in neutral barrels.
About the Wine
  • Vigno is an “appellation” that MOVI members created several years ago to classify naturally farmed ancestral Carignan based traditionally farmed field blends.
  • Sourced from Truquilemu, a site that most consider the “freshest” corner of the Maule.
  • This site sits on Chile's Coastal Range (much older and slower to cool than the Andes), thus sub-soils have cracked granite beneath that allow roots to get deep into cracks and deep rooting is the key to interesting Carignan.
  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse.
  • A portion of the grapes harvested were lightly foot trodden rather than crushed/destemmed, providing floral lift and added tannin.

Vintage: 2014 | Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró
Origin: Chile | Appellation: Maule Valley
Elaboration: Fermented naturally in open-top. Caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was barreled in neutral oak over two winters and then bottled in recycled bottles.
Conservation: Drink now through 2020.
Winemaker: Derek Mossman, Pilar Miranda and Dr. Alvaro Peña 

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Vigno from Garage Wine Co. also has the subtitle of Old Vines Dry Farmed Carignan. It was sourced from an extremely old vineyard in what they consider the freshest corner of the Maule "secano," in Truquilemu. Part of full clusters were used for the vinification and foot-treading. It's made of fruit farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming and 70+-year-old vines. It fermented with native yeasts in open top vats and aged in well-seasoned, neutral oak barrels for two winters. The nose shows the cool climate of the region; it's intensely aromatic, floral and fresh. But, it's in the palate where the vibrant acidity and the lively texture give it electric freshness where you really see the reflection of the place, the climate and the austerity of the soils. This is simply stunning. - Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #230.

Technical Data

Production: 275 cases | Alcohol: 13.5% | TA: 6.38 g/l | Residual Sugar: 1.97 g/l | pH: 3.21

Press & Points

2016 - 97 Points, Wine Advocate
2015 - 94 Points, Wine Advocate
2015 - 93 Points, James Suckling
2014 - 95 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2014 - 94 Points, James Suckling 
2014 - 93 Points, Tim Atkin 
2013 - 95 Points, James Suckling 
2013 - 92 Points, Vinous 
2013 - 93 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 
2012 - 92 Points, James Suckling 

Garage Wine Co. 2014 Vigno