Villalobos 2018 'Silvestre' Carignan, Lolol
Item Number: 14714
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Colchagua
Appellation/AVA: Colchagua Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and quartz
Vineyard Notes: Carignan fruit is sourced from 80-year-old, dry-farmed vines. Located in the Lolol Valley, these untrained, ungrafted bush vines have been kept entirely in their wild state by the Villalobos family. The vineyard hosts a wide variety of native species of Chilean flora and fauna such as culen, maiten, quillay and hawthorn trees and sweet briar that help keep the vines free of pests and disease. Vines grow freely and climb nearby trunks for support, some grow so high they tower twenty feet above the trees.
Winemaking Notes: Carignan is destemmed and fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeast in stainless-steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during the spring in neutral French oak. Villalobos Silvestre ages 18 months in old neutral French oak barrels and bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the Silvestra is a bright shade of medium ruby. Tannins are delicate, velvety, soft and round. Acidity is lively in the mouth with hints of cherry and strawberry and a persistent finish. This is a food friendly wine: enjoy with grilled white meat, rabbit, pasta and French cheeses.
93pts (2019 Vintage) Wine Advocate 8/31/2021
"I simply love the pale and ethereal 2019 Silvestre, pure Cariñena-Carignan from vines grown wild in Lolol and picked at only 11.5% alcohol; it matured in neutral French oak barrels for 18 months. It's floral, elegant and a little earthy, true to the variety even if it's not intensely varietal, as the vines are very different. 8,850 bottles."