93 points, Wine Advocate |
About the Wine
93 points, Wine Advocate
“The 2012 Escaleras de Empedrado is the initial vintage of the Pinot Noir from vines planted in 2008 on slate soils in the coastal part of Maule. It is now fully mature and with a tertiary nose with notes of truffles, forest floor and spice, meaty and smoky. 2012 was a warm and dry year with good yields (20% higher than the average), and the challenge was to keep the freshness, which they managed nicely, but the wine shows a twist of ripeness in the aromas. This and 2013 had shorter time in barrel, seven months only in this case, and in the first years they used around 20% full clusters. The palate is also polished and sleek, with mellow acidity, all quite integrated and with a clean finish. They produced 2,400 bottles in this first vintage. It’s been in bottle since June 2013. It’s ready for prime-time drinking now.”
About The Winery
Familia Torres, a renowned winemaking family with roots in Spain, has been producing wines for 151 years over 5 generations. Admired and inspiring, Familia Torres seamlessly unites tradition with innovation and follows a sustainable and innovative business model. As founding members of Primum Familiae Vini, a prestigious international association of world-class family-owned wineries, the family is closely connected to people and the land, and leads with energy, passion, and purpose. In 1979, Familia Torres arrived in Chile, marking an incontrovertible turning point in Chilean winemaking. Pioneers in the region, they were the first foreign winery to arrive in the country, kickstarting a new era in the quality of Chilean wines. Embracing the continued pursuit for unique and distinctive wines, Miguel Torres Chile has worked diligently to revive ancestral varieties like the País grape in order to craft identity-driven wines with a sense of history. Over the years, this quest has led to unprecedented wines such as Escaleras de Empedrado, the first Pinot Noir grown on slate soils in Chile, and Manso de Velasco, produced from vines more than 150 years old. An exemplary winery and leader in high-end Chilean wines, Miguel Torres Chile today is under the direction of owner Miguel Torres Maczassek and is built upon by three pillars: organic farming and sustainability, fair trade practices, and innovation.