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Pedro Parra is a PhD in dirt. He spends a great deal of his day down a giant trench (called a calicata) studying the sub-soils of different wine regions around the world. "Top soil is unimportant" he says. "Without the rocks and stones underneath, there is no terroir". His single vineyard 'Monk' (named after one of his favourite jazz musicians) is 100% Cinsault from ferrous granite soils in Itata. Fragrant, with rose, sage and bloody notes over clear, woody aromas. Rough on the palate with voluminous tannins, it offers just the right amount of freshness and hints of red fruit.
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94+ POINTS, WINE ADVOCATE
Another single-vineyard Cinsault, the 2018 Monk is also named after a jazz musician, Thelonius Monk, who Pedro Parra describes as "complex and innovative." All of these wines had a native fermentation with some 30% full clusters, and in this case, the élevage was in 1,500-liter oak vats for just under one year. To me, this is the most complete of the three single-vineyard bottlings, and in a way, I see some similitude with the Imaginador bottling. It's also the most elegant and mineral as well as serious, balanced, terribly precise and long. 1,170 bottles were filled in March 2019.
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