Grapes are handpicked and fermented spontaneously using native yeast in stainless-steel tanks. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation occurs at spring temperatures in stainless-steel tanks. Unfiltered, unfined. Unpressed and settled by gravity.
From Villalobos: "The Villalobos family estate is located close to Ranguili village, Colchagua Valley appellation of origin. Colchagua Costa is a region close to the Pacific Ocean, internationally recognized for its dry summer days and refreshing nights. The vineyard is essentially Carignan variety, and it was planted during the 1940’s and 50’s.
Villalobos vines have never been treated in the production process; indeed, the vines have always grown free with any chemical processes for sixty years amongst native chilean flora such as: maitenes, rosehip, culenes, pine trees, blackberry bushes etc.
In fact, our mission is to produce a wine characterized by its unique qualities and the special Carignan variety, which almost disappeared from Chile. This is the background which gives rise to the Villalobos family wine cellar."
The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used to produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot.
A member of the Cabernet family of grapes, the name "Carménère" originates from the French word for crimson (carmin) which refers to the brilliant crimson color of the autumn foliage prior to leaf-fall. The grape is also known as Grande Vidure, a historic Bordeaux synonym, although current European Union regulations prohibit imports under this name into the European Union. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Carménère is considered part of the original six red grapes of Bordeaux.
Now rarely found in France, the world's largest area planted with this variety is in Chile, with more than 8,800 hectares (2009) cultivated in the Central Valley. As such, Chile produces the vast majority of Carménère wines available today and as the Chilean wine industry grows, more experimentation is being carried out on Carménère's potential as a blending grape, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Region: Colchagua Valley
The Colchagua Valley boasts a textbook wine-growing climate: warm, but cooled by ocean breezes and dry, but refreshed by rivers and occasional rainfall. The region's desirable terroir, combined with persistent, focused marketing has made this one of Chile's most important wine regions, along with Maipo Valley in the north. Several of Chile's most prestigious wines come from the Colchagua Valley.
The official Colchagua Valley viticultural area stretches south-east to north-west for 70 miles at its widest point. Its western boundary is formed by the coastal hills which seem to run the entire length of Chile's vast Pacific coastline. In the east, the vineyards are naturally limited by the foothills of the Andes, into which they creep further and further each year. Colchagua is a little cooler than its northerly cousin Maipo, but still maintains a consistently Mediterranean climate. As with most areas of Chile, the Pacific Ocean offers a natural cooling influence – a saving grace at a latitude of 34°S, which is closer to the Equator than any European vineyard. The degree of cooling provided by the ocean varies from east to west in the Colchagua Valley, demonstrated by the distribution of red and white grape varieties. As a general rule, white-wine varieties benefit from cooler climates, while the reds prefer drier, warmer conditions. The dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Merlot plantings in the warmer east is mirrored by that of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the ocean-cooled west.
Tasting: Deep red cherry fruit, malo richness, herbs and green pepper, textural tannic finish
Pairing: Filet Mignon, babyyy