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Alcohuaz Cuesta Chica 2015

Alcohuaz Cuesta Chica 2015

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"There is a new Garnacha from a single plot at 2,179 meters altitude in Alcohuaz in the Valle de Elqui called 2015 Cuesta Chica, named after the vineyard. It fermented destemmed in a closed troncoconic vat with indigenous yeasts and aged in concrete eggs for 23 months. It's a light and aromatic Garnacha, incredibly floral, with moderate alcohol and very fine tannins. This is an incredibly elegant and nuanced version of the grape. Superb debut, especially for plants from 2009 and 2010. They have used some full clusters in the following years. I also look forward to tasting the versions when the vines age. 2,248 bottles produced. Drink: 2017-2021. 94 points

There is a new range of varietal wines with different names, one Garnacha, one Malbec and one Syrah for now, but there will be a Cariñena (already in the pipeline from 2015 to be released some seven years after the harvest). They have also planted Roussanne and Marsanne plus a little Touriga Nacional. They have also purchased some kvevri amphorae from Georgia."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (230)