Maipo Valley, Colchagua, Leyda, Maule, San Antonio, Chile

A family owned company, Undurraga is one of the most prestigious and longest-operating wineries in Chile. Since it’s inception in 1885, the winery's constant search for quality, proximity to its consumers, and innovative spirit have made Undurraga stand out from the pack. Available in over 70 countries, the winery offers a broad range of flavour profiles with its high-quality, world-renowned wines

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T.H. Rarities Cabernet Franc-Merlot

2012

Estimated Retail Price $35.99
SKU 631614
Country Chile
Region Maipo Valley
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC

Colour

Bright red ruby colour.

Aroma

Intense aromas of red and black berries with sweet wild spices and a hint of violets.

Flavour

A balanced wine with firm ripe tannins and a deep, fruit mid-palate. Ripe, silky tannins and bright acidity bring structure and long persistence.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with red meats, lamb, pork and mature cheeses.

More Info

Grapes were sourced from Undurrga's Cauquences Estate Vineyard, located 20 km north-east of the town of Cauquences in the Maule Valley. This wine is an exclusive blend of ten 400 and 500 litre second use barrels, aged for 24 months in order to soft up the strong tannin structure of the wine. The blend consists in 60% Garnacha, 25% Carignan and 15% Monastrell, expressing all the character of the Cauquenes Region, through the beautiful harmony and synergy of these Mediterranean varieties. Only 316 cases produced.
Award-winning Winemaker Rafeal Urrejola was responsible for the development of the T.H. (including the Rarities) series, in addition to the premium Founder's Collection and Altazor (the winery's flagship line). Rafael's hands on-approach and attention to detail drives him to look for the best micro-lots located in specifically selected vineyards - the best that Chile has to offer.

92 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2017

2013 -

92 pts

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Jun/2016

2013 -

"In the midst of this wine’s black fruits, cabernet franc’s fresh and vibrant herbal notes come through with clarity. Rafael Urrejola blended 15 percent merlot with the franc to bring flavor complexity and to build the smoothness of the tannins. This wine feels voluptuous, friendly and ready for spicy pork chops."

91 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jun/2015

2012 -

"Inky ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, with suggestions of pipe tobacco and floral oils adding complexity. Fleshy and sweet on the palate, offering round blackberry and mulberry flavors and hints of mocha and succulent herbs. Shows very good breadth and energy on the persistent finish, which is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins."

91 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2015

2012 -

"I haven't seen that much Cabernet Franc in Maipo yet, but I guess the grape can grow quickly. The blend of 2012 TH Rarities Cabernet Franc-Merlot is from Maipo, and it's an 85/15 blend from Cabernet Franc grapes grown by Stefano Gandolini on alluvial soils in a slightly cooler area, and their own Merlot. It has some herbal aromas intermixed with red berries and hints of tobacco. Despite being aged for 16 months in barrel (in used wood, only second and third use), you cannot get any toast or woody aromas, and it feels quite pure and elegant. 2012 is a warmish vintage (not as much as 2009), but the wine keeps very good freshness. It's medium-bodied with fine, abundant and grainy tannins, with a good balance between elegance and rusticity. Only 3,792 bottles were produced. Ideal with meat now, it should also age in bottle."