2011 Chilcas Pais
Male Valley, Chile

Funky earthy nose may raise your eyebrows but the palate pleases. Bright and light fruit, almost sweet, very clean and a bit spicy makes for great pairing with fish and veg.

88 ST

2011 Chilcas Pais


as part of a mixed case.

24+ bottles available.

Winemaker's Notes
"The Single Vineyard Pais displays a delicate, translucent brick red color. Very intense on the nose, with aromas of black pepper, earthy notes, and toasty oak. This wine shows a voluminous palate, tremendous persistence and an abundance of soft tannins."

Technical Notes
"The fruit for the Single Vineyard Pais, Chile’s oldest grape variety, come from 50-year-old head-trained vines in Chilcas' dry farmed Melozal vineyard located in the Maule Valley (124 miles south of Santiago and 12.5 miles from the Andes Mountain range).The grapes were hand-picked during the last week of April and immediately transported to the winery for sorting and gentle de-stemming. Next, the fruit was cold macerated for eight days followed by a warm, 18-day fermentation where punch downs took place three to four times daily. The wine was then aged for twelve to fourteen months in French oak barrels. The wine was naturally cold stabilized during winter and then earth-filtered prior to bottling. 13.7% alc."
Stephen Tanzer
"88 pts ... Light, bright red, Pungent, earthy redcurrant, cherry and rose aromas, with a spicy topnote adding vivacity. Light-bodied and refreshingly brisk on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors and a hint of blood orange. Lithe and pinot-like in character, finishing clean, racy and tight, with no obvious tannins and good spicy persistence."

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