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"The 2016 Weon Carignan ("weon" is a basic slang word that is used for almost everything in Chile, mostly equivalent to "mate") is produced with a field blend in Loncomilla where most of the plants are Cariñena, but there is also some País. It had a soft vinification in lagar aiming at a fruit-driven, fresh and varietal wine with low alcohol (12.5%), aged in concrete à la Pipeño for six months. This is more reticent than the Aupa, with a more serious nose and palate dominated by Carignan with no influence from oak. It has fine, slightly dusty tannins, a lighter style of the grape with shorter macerations. 5,000 bottles were filled in November 2016."
The Wine: This 100% un-oaked Carignan is all hand harvested from a 60+ year old vineyard in the Maule region of Chile. The nose is bursting with notes of cherry, plum, rose petal, cinnamon, lavender, and anise that lead to a bright palate of cassis and milk chocolate. The finish shows lush tannins of crushed, dried leaves with a well integrated acid backbone that is all tied together by cherry and white pepper spice.
The Winery: Frenchman David Marcel is the producer and winemaker of Aupa with his Chilean wife Loreto. Marcel comes from the French Basque Country and has been involved with wine in Chile for a long time. He was one of the first winemakers in Chile to succeed in the production of quality, craft Pipeño starting with the 2013 vintage. The combination of the traditional production method and the traditional grape varieties lead to a very unique, herbal, and quaffable wine that is an incredible value. Aupa!