Viña Alicia ‘Paso de Piedra’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Intense dark color. with a raspberry-like aroma and a complexity associated with this noble grape. Fresh, well-balanced, with gobs of dark fruit, great acidity, and mature tannins, unctuous and elegant. In the mouth it is profound and round, fleshy, with soft but potent tannins.
87 pts Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate (LG)
The 2011 Paso de Piedra Cabernet Sauvignon from their Lunlunta vineyards that are 35-years-old, has an initial nose similar to its sibling, with clear lactic notes. They work with the canopy to avoid the bell pepper aromas so common in Cabernet and ferment in inox and age for six months in used barrels. The wine is fruity, with clean, integrated wood and an herbaceous touch complemented by notes of blackberries and spices. It has a commercial profile, is medium-bodied, and has fresh, sweet tannins along with a polished finish. It is pleasant and easy to drink. Drink 2014-2017.
Harvest: By hand, in 20K plastic cartons, in order to preserve the grapes from breaking up or other damages harmful to the grape. Harvest is performed between March 25th and April 5th of each year. Processing: Fermentation is done in steel tanks: Continuous Remontage and Pissonier is performed, in order to obtain softer tannins and great color. The second fermentation is also performed in steel tanks and the rest in French oak barrels. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels, where it is aged for 8 months, in order to obtain more clarification, and improving its color. Bottling: Is done after a mild filtering over natural earth, in order to eliminate any impurity.