Maquis Viola 750 ml

Country: Chile /

Region: Colchagua Valley /

Style: Wine /

Size: 750 ml /

Vintage: 2015 /

Sku: 18977

The Wine Advocate95 Points
Tim Atkin93 Points
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*Vintage may vary by location*

Viola is produced from the fruit of the very best vineyards on the Maquis estate. The tiniest grapes from these vineyards are concentrated and yield silky tannins with the greatest depth and complexity.The skills of their viticulturist, Xavier Choné, and their blenders, Jacques and Eric Boissenot, are clearly apparent in this balanced and elegant blend. The spices, black fruit and smooth texture of the Carménère, the principal component of the blend, are complemented by the extraordinary finesse and length on the palate by the Cabernet Franc.

• Carmenere •  Cabernet Franc •

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The Wine Advocate95 Points
Tim Atkin93 Points
WA The Wine Advocate: 95 Points
Next to the 2016 I also tasted the 2015 Viola that is from a warmer and dryer year and a final blend of 87% Carmenere and 13% Cabernet Franc. This is slightly higher in Cabernet Franc to provide some extra freshness. I was very pleasantly surprised at how the 2015s kept very good freshness, considering it was a very warm and dry year. But as Ricardo Rivadeneira told me, they were able to harvest early with good ripeness and without seeing any drop in acidity. The fermentation and aging was similar to the 2016—fermented with selected yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for 24 months. This is also 13.5% alcohol. It's very expressive in aromas, with lots of aromatic herbs, spicy and without any green aromas. The palate is very harmonious, with tannins that are round and soft and give it a velvety texture. It's juicy and elegant, without any earthiness or rusticity. This is remarkable and transcends the conditions of the vintage.
TA Tim Atkin: 93 Points
Sourced from Maquis' best Carmenère blocks, located on clay and gravel soils close to the river, this also contains 13% Cabernet Franc. Lightly oaked, but with plenty of low yield-derived concentration, this has finely judged tannins and refreshing acidity.