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The Maipo Valley wine making region is divided into three territories (from the coast of Chile to the Andes mountains); Pacific, Central and Alto. Located on the Alto Maipo, at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile, Vina Quebrada de Macul is owned and operated by Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabelle.

Under the guidance of resident winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze, the property maintains vineyards that grow in poor, rocky soils on the slopes of the Andes. The contrasting temperatures from day to night provide ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon in this region. Each low-yield harvest can be independent and unique for each row in the vineyards, this helps determine how long the wines will age in barrel. Jean-Pascal oversees the direct production of three wines that regularly receive 90+ pts; Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon and Anka (organic) red blend.

The grapes for Anka red blend are organic and come from Jean-Pascal's own vineyard in the heart of the Maipo Valley. He uses only the best fruit and ages the wines in individually selected barrels until they are ready to be manually blended.

Anka is a vibrant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere and Syrah. In the glass it is deep ruby red with spice and dried herb. Lush, but not heavy, the texture is velvety with fine tannins. Anka will soon be available in the half-bottle size, 24/375ml.

Outstanding scores of our newest vintages and press accolades are in this column. Be sure to visit our 'Press Reviews' page for a full listing:
  • 2011 Domus Aurea 96 points + Top 100 Wines of the Year, “The Peña family planted the vines in 1970: the herbal, minty notes and red-fruit character… vivid aromas that blend with earthy notes;  finesse with the fine point of delicate tannins, captures and preserves the best aspects of Andean reds…” —Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2016
  • 2010 Anka (organic) Red Blend 90 points, “Spicy, dry, fresh: Lightly leafy aromas of plum, berry fruits, brick dust and tobacco feed into a crisp, direct palate with cherry, plum and integrated spicy flavors.” —Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
  • 2010 Maquis Viola 93 point + Editor's Choice, Review wil be available in the December 2016 issue of Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013 Apaltagua “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon receives 92 points, “Earthy, complex aromas of coffee, mocha, cherry and cassis set the stage for a fresh, clean mouthfeel and deep, satisfying flavors. Toasty finish with mocha, herb and black-fruit flavors.” -Wine Enthusiast, August 2016
  • 2014 Apaltagua Carmenere Envero90 points, “Bright and fruity red with blueberry and slate aromas and flavors. Medium body, fresh finish.” -James Suckling, June 2016
  • 94 points Calcu “FUTA” Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, “Bright black currant and hints of fresh herb. Violets. Complex. Full to medium body, superfine tannins and a long and intense finish. Gorgeous.” -James Suckling, June 2016
  • 91 points Calcu Winemaker’s Selection Blend 2011, “Aromas of bark, walnut, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Cabernet Franc.” -James Suckling, June 2016
  • 2013 Gillmore Mariposa Red Blend:92 points, “A red with dark fruits and orange peel character. Medium body, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Lots of citrus character. Vibrant acidity. Merlot with some syrah and cabernet franc. Old vines. Between 60 and 80 years old.” -James Suckling, June 2016

Download the latest Global Vineyard 90 wine scores here.

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