2011 O. Fournier "Centauri" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 13.8% $20
More focused and deeply oaky on the nose than the Fournier Urban, with finer, darker, earthier fruit and more leather and meat nuances than floral ones. Smooth on the palate and a bit matte with nicely integrated acidity and fine-grained tannins. Wood tannins on the back end, with lovely purity to the fruit and more refined loganberry and dry black raspberry. More of a finesse wine than the Urban, with a fairly long black raspberry finish. Pretty nicely crafted 89pts

2009 Gilmore "VIGNO" Carignane Loncomilla Maule Valley Chile 14.8% $35
Dark coffee, tar and spice-laden nose with a prune edge. This is bright and tense in the mouth with a lovely texture, good height and finely balanced acids and tannins. The fruit feels somewhat compressed with an herbal note that pops on the back end along with some spice and vanilla notes that emerge on the moderately long, extracted finish. A lighter touch here might be called for since the fruit seems to want to say more, though there is an attractive succulence here. 88pts

2009 Oveja Negra "Single Vineyard" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14.5% $18
Perfumed on the nose with layers of fresh leather, gentle suggestions of violets and white flowers, and soil. Fairly soft early on with a nutty leading edge, then lively wild plum fruit on the palate that is bright and transparent showing hints of pencil lead. Gentle black fruit and lovely fruit tannins pop on the moderately long finish. Chunky and fresh, if youthful. 88pts

2008 Morande "Edicion Limitada" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14.5% $23

Dark nose, leathery, with some fine fruit base notes. This smells a bit heavy-handed. Full of vanilla, beef, a bit peppery and a bit raisiny. On entry, it’s bright and juicy with vibrantly intense fruit. Wow, this is intense on the front end with brilliant mineral-flecked sour sherry, sour plum fruit with a vividness that is unmatched here. Excellent height and volume in the mouth. The wood is a bit too much but wow, this must have been the most gorgeous fruit. Let’s cut down the wood, shall we? 88pts

2010 Garage Wine Company "VIGNO" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14%
A bit funky, earthy and stemmy on the nose with truffle and mushroom adding complexity. Lovely freshness and complexity on entry with chunky, bright acids, chewy fruit tannins and an attractively slightly rustic fruit. This is full of chunky, chewy, slightly dried strawberry/berry fruit, backed by notes of leather and oak. The oak comes out with time and while this is a bit short, there is a nice spiciness on the finish. 88pts

2009 De Martino "El Leon" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14.5% $45
Smoky, olive-tinged black currant fruit on the nose with a nice spice top note yields to a base of dried black berry fruit with a subtle vanilla undertone. On the palate, this is deep and sinewy. Has big edges with a center that is a touch low, packing in nice, chewy vanilla-speckled cherry and spiced tea fruit. A nicely pure expression of a slightly refined version of the typical rustic style, with gently gamy flavors that emerge on the modest finish. 87pts

2008 De Martino "La Aguada Old Bush Vines" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14.5% $45
Quite aromatic on the nose with a bit of diesel, some barn, sour plum skin, a hint of passion fruit and a bit of leather adding complexity. This is a lighter style that is elegant in the mouth with softening tannins. It lacks a bit of focus but is made in a nice, easy style with an abundance of cherry fruit early on the palate. This then fades rather quickly, revealing earthy underpinnings on the modest finish. Nice fruit if a bit lightweight. 87pts

2010 Garage Wine Company "Lot #27" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14% $33
A bit exotic and herbal on the nose with a smoky nuance, some jamminess to the fruit, a nice tea quality and a light suggestion of truffle. Fairly bright and focused in the mouth with lightly sour wild berry fruit and a little creamy cherry early on that yields to sour raspberry and rhubarb fruit on the back end. The finish is fairly bright and nicely transparent. This lacks a touch of complexity on the palate though it does have a more refined texture. 87pts

2011 O. Fournier "Urban" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 14% $12
Smoky, lovely floral notes, crisp blackberry and plum fruit all emerge on the nose along with a bit of oak that is a bit obvious but seems like it'll integrate well with time. Bright on the palate with soft tannins, a little creamy, light black plum and black cherry fruit, and a little black currant. Gentle spice notes float over the finish, where the wood pops with a little woody sweetness. A touch chunky but fairly transparent. 86pts

2009 Odfjell "VIGNO" Carignane Maule Valley Chile 15.5%
A bit of oak, a bit of stem, a bit of leaf, not much fruit showing on the nose. In the mouth, this exhibits a looseness of texture. Pretty dense and chewy but the tannins are fine and gentle. This is fun and easy drinking, exhibiting the depth and power of old vines with its cranberry-toned fruit. Though it could be a bit more precise, it shows real aromatic lift on the finish with fine length. 86pts