Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carignan 2013 Front Label
Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carignan 2013 Front Label

Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carignan 2013

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This ruby red colored wine is intense, fragrant, and fresh, characteristics that were accentuated by the moderate temperatures of the 2013 growing season. There are tart red fruit aromas of cherries, pomegranates and raspberry that continue onto the palate. Smooth tannins and a line of refreshing acidity carry the ample red fruit flavors as well as subtle sweet notes from the Fresh oak to a long finish.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
In many wine circles, Carignan is considered a mere pedestrian grape—good for blending and not much else. The 2013 Oveja Negra Single Vineyard from the Maule Valley is here to change the way of though and propel Carignan to new level. Loaded with brightness of fruit, the rich in the aroma and on the palate makes this a nice choice with port tenderloin. Drinking nicely now. (Tasted: July 21, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Wine & Spirits
Chilean carignan used to be charged with ripe fruit, oak and rustic tannins, but that’s changing quickly, as this wine demonstrates. With a focus on fresh fruit and bright acidity, this brims with red cherry and flower notes. The fruit is intense, but there’s nothing rustic about it—this is just refreshing and vibrant, a wine to drink by the pool.
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James Suckling
A fresh and clean carignan with hints of walnut, slate and light cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins. Delicious.
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Translated literally as “Black Sheep,” Oveja Negra wines intend to stand out from the flock. True representations of Chile’s Maule Valley, Oveja Negra wines sing strident of their roots, but are willing to challenge convention. The Maule Valley offers a significant diversity of soil types, allowing a wide range of grape varieties to grow. As part of the VIA Wines family, and with more than 2,500 acres of estate vineyards to work with, Winemaker Edgard Carter and his team have a constant source of inspiration for innovation and experimentation. The Reserva tier features unusual blends, such as a Sauvignon Blanc-Carmenere. Oveja Negra’s Single Vineyard wines are crafted to make each Maule Valley vineyard site shine bright, combining a fruit-driven structure with modern winemaking techniques.
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Maule is the Central Valley’s most southern and coolest zone, reaching a southern latitude of 35°S, yet it is still warmer and drier than Bío-Bío to its south. The Maule Valley enjoys success with a unique set of grapes.

It lays claim to the local variety, Pais (synonymous with Tinta Pais, which is actually Tempranillo), which has dominated much of the region’s area under vine until the recent past. Now many growers, not confined by the tradition and regulations of the Old World, also successfully grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

While Maule’s total area under vine remains relatively static, its old Carignan vineyards are undergoing a great revival. The VIGNO (Vignadores del Carignan Vintners) group, an association in charge of promoting this long-forgotten variety, is getting fantastic results from the old vines in its dry-farmed coastal zones.

The Maule includes the subregions of Talca, San Clemente, San Javier, Parral, Linares and Cauquenes.

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Responsible for some of the most stunning old vine red wine on the planet, Carignan has an amazing capacity to survive dry, arid climates and still produce lovely, mouthwatering wine. In Spain it goes by the name of Mazuelo and while it may have originated there in the province of Aragón, its popularity lies elsewhere, particularly in Languedoc-Roussillon. Somm Secret—Historically Carignan did not enjoy the respect that it does today. In the mid 20th century, Carignan covered nearly 140,000 ha in Algeria, where it was made into low quality bulk and blending wine to supply mass-market demand.

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