TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carménère 2020
COMPOSITION: 100% Carmenere
DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN: Colchagua Valley ‘Costa’, Lolol.
SOIL: The Lolol vineyard is located 40 kilometers from the ocean. It presents the characteristic granitic soils of the Chilean Coastal Mountain Range, mixed with clay and loam. Of medium depth, they are poor in organic matter.
AGING: 58% of the wine was aged in untoasted foudres, and 42% in new and previously used 300-lt French oak barrels for 16 months.
AGING IN THE BOTTLE: At least 9 months before being released to the markets.
TASTING NOTES: This is a powerful and different Carmenère, with a unique personality that highlights the variety’s fruit-forward character. It offers a mix of crisp, ripe red fruits and light spicy notes, with a nice freshness and tension.
A Carmenère full of life and energy. It feels vibrant, juicy and well-concentrated on the palate, with small-grained tannins in its persistent ending. It offers a great structure and a soft minerality.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 1,250 cases
Tim Atkin – “It wasn’t easy to make a Carmenère of this level of sophistication in 2020, but Marcelo García has done it again with his superb red from Lolol close to the Colchagua Coast. Subtle, ethereal and refined, with parsley and bay leaf aromas, a hint of lead pencil, smooth tannins, cassis and black cherry fruit and scented 46% new French oak.” (96 Pts)
Vinous – “The 2020 TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carménère from Lolol, Colchagua Costa, was aged for 16 months in 42% new 300-liter French barrels with 58% in untoasted foudres. The nose presents jalapeño and ash notes over a layer of plum and blackberry with hints of herbs. Indulgent and intense on the palate with a broad flow and finely grained tannins. The pleasant, juicy finish features gum-tickling, overripe dark fruit” (92 Pts)
Wine Advocate – “The spicy, peppery and deeply varietal 2020 TerraNoble CA2 Costa Carménère is ripe without excess at 14.3% alcohol and keeps good freshness. It is light to medium-bodied, with abundant grainy tannins and a finish of black peppercorns. It matured in a combination of untoasted foudre and barriques and has integrated oak.” (91 Pts)
James Suckling – “Notes of black cherries and currants with dried herbs, cloves, anisette and chocolate. Medium-bodied with polished tannins and a spiced, earthy character. Fruity finish.” (90 Pts)