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2012, 2016 Ventisquero

2-bottle Mixed Lot

ITEM 7976767 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
6 $60
Item Sold Amount Date
I8009617 2 $55 Nov 28, 2021
I7892783 1 $60 Jul 18, 2021
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2012 Ventisquero Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon

RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

Potent, mineral-laced dark berry, cherry and licorice aromas are complemented by hints of cola, mocha and candied flowers. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated black currant, cherry-vanilla and rose pastille flavors underscored by a jolt of smoky minerality. Displays excellent depth, balance and lift and shows impressive focus on the persistent finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.

92James Suckling

Clear and beautiful aromas with crushed blackberry, blueberry and mineral character. Full body, chewy tannins, and structured. Shows tannin and fruit tension...

92Wine Enthusiast

Earthy aromas include herbal notes, a hint of tomato sauce, asphalt and dusty berry fruits. This has a raw tannic exterior but is softer in the middle. Flavors of saucy, herbal plum and blackberry come with notes of tobacco and olive, while this is drawing and gritty on the finish, with a roasted quality.

91The Wine Advocate

...aromas of tobacco, earth, cigar box and blackberries. The tannic structure is quite large and the telltale Cabernet tannins are there, with a dusty texture, a little rustic with good freshness. Powerful red for powerful food...

PRODUCER

Ventisquero

Founded in 1998 by Gonzalo Vial, Ventisquero is a large wine producer in Chile. Gonzalo is the owner of Chile's leading fresh food producer, AgroSuper. The Ventisquero group includes the Kalfu, Ramirana, Yali and Root 1 brands, and owns more than 1500 hectares of vineyards in the coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Colchagua, Leyda, and Atacama regions. Ventisquero's higher-end wine offers are under the Grey, Vertice and Pangea labels. From Grey upwards, consultant winemaking advice is provided by John Duval, the Australian winemaker who for many years was custodian of Penfolds’ Grange.

REGION

Chile, Central Valley Region, Maipo Valley

The Central Valley is Chile’s most productive wine region, and it includes four sub-regions. The Maipo Valley is one of those sub regions. The Maipo Valley has nearly 8,000 acres under vine. Grapes grown are, in order of acreage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Carménère, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Pinot Noir. Maipo is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chile has produced wine since the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadores brought grape vines and established vineyards. Sweet wines were favored until well into the 19th century, when French immigrants began making dry wines with a decidedly French character. Chile’s long, narrow, coastal geography has made the transportation of wines challenging over the centuries, though today it is a major exporter. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, to the east are the Andes. But the isolation has also meant that Chile vineyards have so far never been attacked by phylloxera, meaning that unlike viticulturalists in many other part of the world, Chilean vineyards can be planted with original rootstock, saving producers the laborious job of grafting vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks. Chile started an appellation system in 1994, and there are five regions each with numerous sub-regions. Chile has attracted investment from European and American producers, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Kendall-Jackson, Lafite-Rothschild and Miguel Torres.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.
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2016 Ventisquero Herú Pinot Noir

RATINGS

93The Wine Advocate

...ethereal and elegant 2016 Herú Pinot Noir, a translucent and bright example from Casablanca. Fresh, floral and vibrant and with the oak perfectly integrated with the fruit, this 2016 has to be the finest Pinot Noir I have encountered from Ventisquero.

PRODUCER

Ventisquero

Founded in 1998 by Gonzalo Vial, Ventisquero is a large wine producer in Chile. Gonzalo is the owner of Chile's leading fresh food producer, AgroSuper. The Ventisquero group includes the Kalfu, Ramirana, Yali and Root 1 brands, and owns more than 1500 hectares of vineyards in the coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Colchagua, Leyda, and Atacama regions. Ventisquero's higher-end wine offers are under the Grey, Vertice and Pangea labels. From Grey upwards, consultant winemaking advice is provided by John Duval, the Australian winemaker who for many years was custodian of Penfolds’ Grange.

REGION

Chile, Aconcagua Region, Casablanca Valley

Chile has produced wine since the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadores brought grape vines and established vineyards. Sweet wines were favored until well into the 19th century, when French immigrants began making dry wines with a decidedly French character. Chile’s long, narrow, coastal geography has made the transportation of wines challenging over the centuries, though today it is a major exporter. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, to the east are the Andes. But the isolation has also meant that Chile vineyards have so far never been attacked by phylloxera, meaning that unlike viticulturalists in many other part of the world, Chilean vineyards can be planted with original rootstock, saving producers the laborious job of grafting vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks. Chile started an appellation system in 1994, and there are five regions each with numerous sub-regions. Chile has attracted investment from European and American producers, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Kendall-Jackson, Lafite-Rothschild and Miguel Torres.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.