DE MARTINO, Chile
2016 ‘Gallardía’ Cinsault
$26.99 (6 btls/cs)
The wines from De Martino are like a breath of fresh air. Most New World wine regions suffered a bit of an awkward adolescence and fumbled to find their footing. Chile secured a reputation for producing well-made, if somewhat predictable, reds that over-delivered for the price. Today the winemaking revolution has caught on in Chile, as elsewhere, and young winemakers are raising the bar by reviving old techniques, and old vineyards. In 2011, De Martino announced that they would stop using new oak and standardization agents in their wines, in order to pursue wines of place with fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. They own hundreds of acres of organically farmed vineyards throughout Chile, with their latest and most exciting project in Itata.
This coastal region to the south has a lot going for it — a cooler climate, granitic soils, heritage grapes, and old vines that are dry-farmed and ungrafted (Chile is essentially the only major wine producing region that hasn’t been hit by Phylloxera). Cinsault is the grape that’s stirring up the most buzz in Itata. It’s mostly used in the south of France for blending but in Chile is being bottled on its own. The bush-trained vines are tended by horse and produce an expressive lighter bodied wine that is fruity and fresh with delicate spice. The Gallardía Cinsault manages to be perfectly crushable but not at all forgettable.
92 Points, Wine & Spirits
This comes from vines planted in 1982, in the rolling hills of Guariligüe, in coastal Itata. Marcelo Retamal vinifies this selection in stainless steel to preserve the radiant fruit flavors of the grape, and this young red is almost electric in its bright red fruit, with light tension in its earthy tannins, finishing on crisp acidity.
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