The Bramare “Marchiori Vineyard” wines are from 100% estate grown fruit located in Lujan de Cuyo. Nearly black in colour, it coasts the glass with glycerine. Its super aromas of violets, spice box, cedar, tobacco, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry leap from the glass. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated, and possesses layers of complex flavours. This hedonistic effort will benefit from at least 4-6 years of cellaring and should drink well through 2025.
93 Points - Luis Gutierrz (erobertparker.com)
The 2012 Aluvional Vista Flores is produced with Malbec grapes from Vista Flores, in the Tunuyan department of the Uco Valley, from a vineyard at 1,100 meters altitude. It opens with opulent aromas of wild herbs and violets, very showy and elegant, and has a medium-bodied palate with extremely polished, glossy tannins and a sweet texture. It is fluid and very drinkable. Drink now-2018.
98 Points - James Suckling
Fabulous aromas of slate, rust, iron, and dried strawberries. Full body, firm tannins, wonderfully polished. Fine and caressing. Complex flavors too. A wonderful finish. Dusty texture as well. This is a small production wine from the family’s best vineyards of the Manzanar farm with pure slate soils.
95 Points - James Suckling
A beautifully refined red with currant, spice and cedar character. Full body, fine tannins and a long and caressing finish. Drink or hold. Aged 18 months in new French oak and one year in bottle before release. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 5% merlot and 5% petit verdot blend.
99 Points - James Suckling
Superb aromas of black currants, rose petal and mint. Lavender and stones too. Full body with incredible fruit density. Complex, yet it's agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly polished. It builds on the palate and shows the structure of a first growth Bordeaux but remains so Chilean. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carménère, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes. Even better than the amazing 2012.
In the vanguard of a Chilean ‘cool climate’ Syrah revolution, this single vineyard wine displays a floral nose and a complex palate of black pepper, incense and lively red fruits. With its firm yet fine, ripe tannins, this wine will only increase in complexity and depth as it ages. A beguiling wine produced in very limited quantity.
The 2015 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon mixes fruit from Luján de Cuyo with some 25% from the Valle de Uco. It fermented in stainless steel tanks with full natural malolactic. Ten percent of the wine matured in new American oak barrels and was bottled one year after the harvest. This is very fruit-driven, fresh and clean, with very little influence from the oak, very drinkable and fresh. There's good purity of fruit, very fine tannins and a soft texture, avoiding any over-ripeness without sacrificing depth. I was impressed. They are picking slightly earlier and using oak more judiciously.
The 2015 Felino Malbec mixes grapes from different zones within the province of Mendoza--half from the cooler Valle de Uco, one-third from the classical Luján de Cuyo and some 13% from Maipú. It fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts and a total maceration of 14 days. Malolactic was spontaneous and 10% of the volume matured in new American oak barrels until bottling unfined in February 2016. The natural conditions of the year and the higher percentage of grapes from Valle de Uco helped to achieve a fresher and more lifted wine, where the effect of the oak is also better integrated. It has floral aromas and a sleek texture, with fine, sweet tannins and very good balance.
90 Points - Luis Gutierezz (erobertparker.com)
The just-bottled, screw-capped 2016 Felino Chardonnay was quite impressive. It's now produced exclusively with grapes grown in the Valle de Uco and was cropped from an unusual wet and cold growing season. It fermented with indigenous yeasts with full malolactic, with 15% of the volume put into neutral French oak barrels and bottled seven months after the harvest. It's very fresh and varietal, with a nose that mixes white flowers and fruit and a balsamic twist. The palate is fresh and sharp, elegant with very clean flavors, showcasing the minerality of the soils. Is this the finest Felino Chardonnay to date?
91 Points - Luis Gutierrez (erobertparker.com)
The 2015 Bramare Chardonnay Marchiori Vineyard was sourced from 19-year-old vines in the Marchiori Vineyard in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. The hand-harvested clusters were pressed and the juice fermented with indigenous yeasts, with spontaneous malolactic and an élevage of one year in 50/50 new and used French oak barrels. This is always a ripe Chardonnay with pit fruit and yellow flower aromas, hints of honey and beeswax. The palate is round and lush, with nice ripe fruit and very tasty flavors.