Pirque Viejo is one of Concha y Toro’s oldest vineyard sites, at the base of the Andes and directly on the south bank of the Maipo River. The vines there are no longer as viejo as they were when Terrunyo was first created in the late 1990s; they have since been replanted (from 2003 to 2008) and yet those relatively young vines are performing beautifully in the rocky, alluvial soils. Their fruit tastes clean and pure in this 2017, the flavors lasting with stamina as they rise from low, earthy bass notes to smoky tenors and strawberry sopranos. It’s bold without being aggressive, a bright red jazzed with cool spice.
Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, CA
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This story appears in the print issue of June 2020.
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