Clos des Fous"Cauquenina" Red Blend 2016, Valle Central, Chile

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The 2016 Cauquenina is composed of 30% País, 25% Carignan, 22% Syrah, 15% Malbec and 8% Carmenere from small plots of ungrafted vines on red granite soils mostly around the city of Cauquenes in Maule and some in Itata. It had a traditional fermentation and matured exclusively in stainless steel and concrete. The nose seems quite dominated by the Cariñena/Carignan, with a dusty/earthy character, and it is ripe without excess but with a different profile than previous vintages. It's less balsamic and is more serious, with a medium to full-bodied palate with plenty of grainy tannins and good acidity. This needs food.

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