Garcia & Schwaderer Vigno 2013

garcia schwaderer vignon old vines dry farmed carignan maule valley chile

garcia schwaderer vignon old vines dry farmed carignan maule valley chile

Price: $40 Rating: ★★★☆☆

Color: Light Cherry Red

Nose: Strong Cherry, Table Grape

Taste: Very sharp tannins, Lots of Cherry, Powerful Flavor

Summary: It was a bit too young to drink, the tannins were overpowering, left the palate salviating, needs 5 years in a cellar to lower the tannin potency so the cherry and masked notes shine through.

100% Carignan,

Product of Chile’s Maule Valley.


Was fun to drink and the vintner added a lot of potency to the flavour, was simply too young, the high point rating is probably due to aging.  I will buy a case or two and store for 5 years and open one a year henceforth, I think then it might become 5 stars, but I don’t see drinkability being too high in the next 24 months.

Robert Parker’s 95 point review:

 95+ points. Felipe García and Connie Schwaderer started purchasing grapes from Jorge Ollé on Melozal in 2007, and in 2008 they bottled their first pure Carignan. Their first Vigno is from 2009. Their 2013 Vigno is from this same old vine, dry and organically farmed Carignan vineyard that was planted in 1958 on granite soils. The field has been worked by the same family since it was planted. As per their philosophy, they went for minimal intervention, without additions or corrections, and the wine matured in third\ use French barriques for two years. The color is already impressive, a bright ruby — the brightness indicating high acidity. The nose is an explosion of flowers, terribly elegant with great harmony, subtlety and depth, with imperceptible oak and fruit from the red spectrum. The silky palate has electric acidity (it has an incredible pH of 3.12!), layers of flavors and superb persistence. This has to be their finest wine ever, and great value for the money; you don’t find this quality at this price. Grab it if you can! (LG)

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