Garage Wine Co. Isidore Vineyard Lot F3 Semillon 2020  Front Label
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Garage Wine Co. Isidore Vineyard Lot F3 Semillon 2020

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Amber in color this wine smells of lemon, candle wax and bee pollen with a hint of flor / orange that adds complexity. In the mouth, lemon juice, candied lemon peel and a touch of bee pollen mixed with white flowers and honey (without the sweetness). High acid with faint chalky texture make this a mouthwatering package. Tasty and with time in the glass: vast. A portion of the wine sat on its skin for 8 months, but with little oxygen.

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JS 94
James Suckling
Very attractive and tangy nose, showing fresh orange and tangerine with loquat and a hint of resin, jasmine tea and saffron. Nicely chewy, with some structure and weight, showing good phenolics and natural, fresh acidity and a supple center-palate. Zingy, with some mango at the end. Very fun and delicious to drink now, but can hold, too.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The flinty and faintly reductive 2020 Isidore Vineyard Maule Valley Semillon is part of what they call Fieldcraft Bottlings, "wines we make when we see an old vineyard that screams of potential but does not 'fit' into the modern wine trade: too small to fill a truck, too far away from a paved road, too narrow to be worked with a tractor. . ." Mossman explained a bit more, "As mainstream wants the small modernize ‘like everybody else’: spray instead of cultivate, scale instead of focus, above all reduce the cost of labour—it’s the labor that unlocks the flavor of the wisdom of farming passed down through the ages. We call this wisdom: fieldcraft." I was blown away by the 2018, the first vintage of this wine, and the 2019 and 2020 are brilliant too and seem to have different personalities. This is a little rounder and softer, obviously younger and less developed. When I asked him about the vineyard, he said, "uncertified organic for 60+ years." Amen.
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Garage Wine Co. began in 2008 with the idea of making wine on a small scale, a personal scale, by hand with the family. It was (and still is!) physical work, and a therapeutic complement to the hustle and bustle of the new millenium. Few in Chile, back then, knew what a "garagiste" was, nor were they familiar with the gringo tradition of celebrated companies having began "in the garage." Viñas in Chile were large affairs, named after saints and owned by clubby families with long names full of double rr’s who presided over a rather closed circle. The founders of Garage Wine Co. patented the name anyway and went to work, quietly but surely, content to make wine barrel by barrel and selling it amongst friends and family.
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Maule is the Central Valley’s most southern and coolest zone, reaching a southern latitude of 35°S, yet it is still warmer and drier than Bío-Bío to its south. The Maule Valley enjoys success with a unique set of grapes.

It lays claim to the local variety, Pais (synonymous with Tinta Pais, which is actually Tempranillo), which has dominated much of the region’s area under vine until the recent past. Now many growers, not confined by the tradition and regulations of the Old World, also successfully grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

While Maule’s total area under vine remains relatively static, its old Carignan vineyards are undergoing a great revival. The VIGNO (Vignadores del Carignan Vintners) group, an association in charge of promoting this long-forgotten variety, is getting fantastic results from the old vines in its dry-farmed coastal zones.

The Maule includes the subregions of Talca, San Clemente, San Javier, Parral, Linares and Cauquenes.

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Sémillon has the power to create wines with considerable structure, depth and length that will improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the vivdly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon especially shines in the Bordeaux region of Sauternes, which produces some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. Somm Secret—Sémillon was so common in South Africa in the 1820s, covering 93% of the country’s vineyard area, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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