Villalobos 2018 'Silvestre' Carignan, Lolol

Villalobos 2018 'Silvestre' Carignan, Lolol

Item Number: 14714

UPC: None

Country: Chile
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Colchagua
Appellation/AVA: Colchagua Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (2/28/2020)

    The 2018 Viñedo Silvestre Carignan was produced with grapes from a vineyard planted in the 1940s that was abandoned in the 1970s and grown wild until recovered by the Villalobos family. By that time, the vines had climbed up trees and shared the space with hundreds of native plants. So they decided to keep it that way and just vinify the grapes that give a subtle wine with a pale color and an extraordinary nose that explodes with aromas of wild herbs, flowers, lots of pollen, cured meat and malted cereals. 2018 was a cool year that delivered a wine of great freshness and moderate alcohol, and it's medium-bodied but juicy, lively and pungent, with very fine tannins and a long finish. This is the finest vintage so far of this wine. Bravo! This has a simple vinification with indigenous yeasts and an élevage in well-seasoned, neutral oak barrels for 18 months. 8,300 bottles were filled in January 2020.