De Martino Vigno 2014
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Vigno Single Vineyard la Aguada from De Martino is also a single-vineyard bottling from the field blend found in an ungrafted, dry-farmed, head-pruned old vineyard called La Aguada in Sauzal. The grapes planted are mostly Carignan with some 10% other mixed red varieties, such as Malbec, Cinsault, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was planted in 1955 on granite soils. The wine has moderate alcohol, a low pH and high acidity, as it always comes through as crunchy and very fresh. 2014 was a low yielding year with little rain, which provoked an early harvest. Fermentation is with native yeast and only a little sulfur is used, nothing else. The wine matures in second use 5,000-liter oak foudres for 36 months; they kept it one extra year because it was a little reductive when it should have been bottled after its two years in oak. There are aromas of violets, red and black fruit and a touch of raw meat, with perhaps a very subtle touch of leather, perhaps a little reductive. The palate shows that incredible freshness, which coupled with moderate alcohol makes it very easy to drink. The tannins are fine-grained and there is a granite sensation of austerity, too. Tasted next to the 2015, it feels like the extra Ã©levage has slightly dried the fruit. But let's see how it evolves in bottle... 13,300 bottles were filled on January 27, 2017, just 20 days before I tasted it.