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Perez Cruz Quelen 2010

  • RP92
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The nose flaunts notes of cassis, red cherry, mint, tobacco and spices. On the palate it is concentrated with a very pleasant balance, silky tannins and a long and persistent finish with abundant mineral notes.

Blend: 40% Petit Verdot, 30% Carmenere, 30% Cot

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The 2010 Quelen is an unusual blend of Petit Verdot, Carmenere and Cot, the varietals that almost disappeared from Bordeaux, first produced in 2005. The grapes fermented in stainless steel, and carried out malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels where the wine aged for a further 14 months. The blend really seems to work, the varieties are well integrated, showing the explosive character of the Petit Verdot (as seen in the separate bottling) and the exuberance of the balsamic herbs, bright red fruit and licorice. The palate is medium to full-bodied, but feels very fluid and weightless, with great balance and acidity, elegance and persistence. This is an intellectual, unique blend that really works. Great wine! I tasted 2007 and 2005 next to it, and its evolution points at a very long life in bottle, but it’s already approachable. Drink now-2022.
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Perez Cruz, South America
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Viña Pérez Cruz is a family-owned, single-estate producer of expressive red wines from the stony soils of the Maipo Valley. The winery and the Liguai vineyard are located in the “Maipo Andes” sub-region. This area is 30 miles southeast of Santiago, nestled against the Andes mountain foothills between 1,450 and 1,700 foot elevations. The family purchased the property in 1963 and first planted vines there in 1994.

The rocky soils and temperate microclimate of the region create exceptional growing conditions. Additionally, the cooling influences of the Andes mountain air and the Pacic Ocean breezes allow for slow ripening conditions that lead to a fresh, vibrant fruit expression, natural acidity, and soft tannins.

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The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.

The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.

White wines are also produced with great prosperity, especially near the cooler coast, include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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