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"I was surprised by the aromatics of the 2014 Chaski Petit Verdot, which is produced with grapes grown on alluvial soils from a stony part of their estate with 55% boulders and 10% to 20% clay that softens the powerful and structured Petit Verdot. 2014, the same as 2013, was a cool vintage in the zone, and the harvest was delayed to achieve good ripeness in a variety that ripens late anyway. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in troncoconic stainless steel vats and aged in French oak barrels (60% of them new) for 16 months. I find that the grape is not an easy one to make varietal wines. But this is an exception, and the wine comes through as fragrant and balanced, when it's often too roasted and heavy. This is elegant and soft, which for winemaker Germán Lyon is proof of how these stone terroirs can soften the more structured grapes. Vinification is very soft (following more the logic of a Syrah than a Cabernet Sauvignon), with little extraction, and you notice it in the palate. If you want a subtle Petit Verdot, this is the one. 18,700 bottles were filled in April 2016."