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Mirum est notare quam littera gothica, quam nunc putamus parum claram anteposuerit litterarum.
Gallardía is a tribute to the coastal vineyards of the Itata Valley located in the southern region of Chile; it is the cradle of the country’s viticulture, with vines dating back to 1551. Sustainable agriculture is practiced in our vineyards, including dry farming and ploughing with horses.
This 100% Cinsault wine underwent a very short maceration with its skins and then later continued fermentation with native yeasts at 20°C. After being destemmed, the whole grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeasts only. Fermentation is produced with no addition of any oenological products (enzymes or external yeast), and with small quantities of sulfur dioxide. Total maceration lasts 40 days, after which the wine was kept in
Blackbird Vineyards’ winemaking duo, Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno, are the artisans behind ÆRENA Wines. Their relationship was once that of mentor and student, but after years of collaboration, they are family. To spend time with them is an exploration of wine, replete with quick wit and belly-clutching humor.In farming and winemaking, Aaron and Kyle strive to communicate a vineyard’s sense of place–by working the wine at the right time to expose the best characteristics of variety and site. According to Aaron, “In almost all definitions of art in the dictionary, there is a reference to ‘human works of beauty.’ ÆRENA believes wine certainly fits under this classification. It is an object created by human intervention that creates something beautiful. Wine is unique as art in that it is ephemeral; once it is consumed, it is gone. Aaron wholly appreciates working with Kyle. So it is appropriate that when asking Kyle to define their winemaking philosophy, his retort is, “Let the wines speak for themselves and don’t screw it up.”
The Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas (the “old vines” are centenary vines) is a field blend aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This was not quite bottled when I sampled the final blend out of barrel and tank. This looks like one of the best—if not the best—Manoellas ever. It feels far less full in the mouth than Pintas or perhaps even Character, and no more so than the regular Manoella, but density is not how this wine usually makes it case. It is always very elegant with fine mid-palate finesse. It also may have the most gloriously flavorful fruit of any of them. Typical of the vintage and its own style, it is never sweet or flabby but always lifted, energetic and fresh. It is pretty wonderful and hard to resist, but this does have power and really needs some cellaring, at least to 2020 and maybe more. Sure, you could try some if you wish, but it’s not exactly a mass market wine (only 4,000 bottles produced) and it will hurt to waste it. It should age and develop beautifully in the cellar, too. It may actually age better than indicated, but let’s be conservative just now. This looks like a big winner. www.robertparker.com
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