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This wine comes from a vineyard located at 1,000 feet only a couple miles from the Pacific, in the hills outside of Ensenada in Baja California. The fascinating thing about this vineyard is that no one knows what grape is in the vineyards! Some think it is Dolcetto, others think it is Carignan... Whatever it is, it consistently creates fantastic wines of terroir. This is the most structured of Bichi's wines. Linear, and with great acidity even though it is deceptively light. Improves with a bit of decanting, or a few years in bottle! Andrew Farquhar
A beautiful expression from winemakers Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar Miranda. This wine is sourced from the Secano Interior D.O. in the Maule valley. Denser and more structured than most Pais, this is still not a heavy wine, it has nice raspberry fruit intermingling with a darker balsamic and herbal character. A bright, lambent, lingering acidity infuses the whole with an ethereal energy. The tannins are velvety soft and delicate. Spontaneous fermentation in huge 1,500-2,000L vats, punch-down and pressing are done strictly by hand. Only a little sulfur at bottling. In addition, these wines are bottled in recycled glass! Andrew Farquhar
A blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Syrah, this fantastic red blend is a steal, sourced from the very far eastern edge of Chile's Maule Valley in Colbun. The vineyards face a large montane reservoir (hence the name "Vistalago") that mediates the temperature here in the foothills of the Andes. Bright and fresh, with fine red fruit character and a good acid backbone, this wine has fantastic concentration for the price. Andrew Farquhar
This wine is a blend of Cinsault and Pais, a common cepage in the Itata Valley in Chile. Cinsault became planted widely after an earthquake in 1939 destroyed a lot of the old Pais vines. These grapes are sourced from ungrafted bush vines with a minimum of 60 years vine age. The soils are primarily granite with a mix of clay and quartz. The granite really comes through, as this is tighter and funkier than other wines from Chile. The finely-grained tannins are gorgeously etched, and mix with an elegant red fruit and rosewater character on the palate. Native yeast whole berry fermentation, with minimal intervention and only a touch of sulfur at bottling. 400 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
Tinto de Rulo is a winemaking project that brings three friends together to attempt to support the local agricultural economy of south-central Chile. Using only organic grapes from vineyards at least 70 years old, they make wines in the old, traditional style: big neutral vessels made from the native Rauli beech, hand-pressing, and spontaneous fermentation. This is a wonderful, simple, rustic, light wine, with nice notes of wild strawberries and raspberries mixing with a nice undercurrent of forest floor earthiness. Light, delicate, and fresh, this wine should be drunk with a slight chill. Just a touch of sulfur at bottling. Only 4,000 bottles produced. Andrew Farquhar
This Pais from the Maule valley south of Santiago is from a single vineyard planted over 200 years ago by the ancestors of the current winemaker Jose Luis Bastias. The grapes are pressed by hand over a "Zaranda," a traditional bamboo sieve, and then fermented in cement and aged in the family's old casks made from Rauli beech, a species native to Chile and the traditional method of aging. This wine has an incredible herbal nose. "Matorral" is the name for the main ecoregion in temperate Chile, a low, xeric shrubland of herbs and hardy bushes most of which are not found outside Chile. Thus, this wine has it's own, Chilean style of "garrigue", a sweet and sour, heady, intense, and pleasantly alien herbal character that comes from the native plants surrounding the vineyard. Wed to a dense dried plum character, this is a truly original style of wine from the of the oldest ungrafted vines in the world. Andrew Farquhar