Introducing the exquisite 2018 De Martino Single Vineyard Las Cruces, a captivating red wine that showcases the best of Chile's Cachapoal Valley. This proprietary blend is a field blend of Carménère and Malbec, carefully harvested when the Malbec grape is at its peak of ripeness. Crafted by the esteemed producer De Martino, this wine is a true testament to their commitment to quality and innovation.
In the glass, the 2018 De Martino Single Vineyard Las Cruces exhibits a radiant, bright purple hue that immediately catches the eye. The nose is a tantalizing bouquet of plums and spices, accompanied by a hint of fine, provocative violets. Upon the first sip, the wine reveals its intentional compactness, with tannins leading the way in the mouth. This intentional austerity adds a unique dimension to this Chilean wine, setting it apart from others in the region.
Renowned wine critic Joaquín Hidalgo of Vinous awarded this remarkable wine an impressive score of 94 points. Hidalgo describes the 2018 De Martino Single Vineyard Las Cruces as austere and juicy, showcasing the harmonious interplay between the Carménère and Malbec grapes. He notes the wine's intentional compactness and praises it as a different kind of Chilean wine.
Another esteemed critic, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, bestowed an exceptional score of 95 points upon this captivating red blend. The publication describes the wine as aromatic, floral, and showy, with the 2018 vintage being the best year for the Las Cruces Old Vine Series. The review highlights the precise harvest timing, with the Carmenere grape contributing a touch of spiciness and energy to the blend. The refined tannins, inner power, and elegance of this wine are also commended, making it the standout vintage for Las Cruces.
With a modest alcohol percentage of 13.5%, the 2018 De Martino Single Vineyard Las Cruces is a well-balanced and deeply satisfying red wine. It is best enjoyed with grilled meats, aged cheeses, or simply on its own as a delightful evening indulgence. Sealed with a cork closure, this wine is a testament to both tradition and excellence.
Indulge in the captivating allure of the 2018 De Martino Single Vineyard Las Cruces, a wine that showcases the best of Chilean winemaking and leaves a lasting impression on the palate.