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2012 Perez Cruz Quelen at 91 by Wine Advocate, Dec 2015
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Vina Perez Cruz
"The 2012 Quelén, first produced in 2005, is a blend of the three varieties that almost disappeared from the Bordeaux vineyards: Petit Verdot, Carménère and Cot (Malbec, but they use French clones and use the French name). 2012 is the warmest vintage of the last five years (save for 2015), so late-ripening varieties like Petit Verdot and Carménère achieved perfect ripening. The final blend was 40% Petit Verdot and 30% each Carménère and Cot, which were harvested, vinified and raised separately for the first six months and then blended together and put back into barrel to complete its 16 months upbringing in 50% new oak. There are plenty of licorice aromas in the glass here, also something meaty with sweet cherries and spices. The palate shows some grainy tannins nicely balanced by good acidity, clean, focused flavors and good length. It might be a little dominated by the Petit Verdot, as it somehow reminded me of the 2012 Chaski. 13,200 bottles produced."