A Los Vinateros Bravos

The Story

Leonardo Erazo is a rare talent. The diversity of experience and knowledge he possesses on all subjects surrounding wine is impressive. After graduating from the University of Chile with a degree in Agronomy and Enology, he traveled the world for a decade working for various estates doing research in soil science, geology and biodynamics. We have worked with many winemakers over the years and few speak with as much humility and authority as he does, and on such a broad array of subjects that pertain to winemaking and viticulture.

Leo’s minimalistic style of winemaking and growing requires exceptional discretion on his part, combining some modern techniques with established traditions. ** He believes that the best dry-farmed ancient vineyards found in the Itata Valley require as little stylizing as possible to showcase the deep expression of their terroirs. While employing biodynamic principals, he uses the advice of the experienced local farmers who have been naturally farming this region for centuries.

In the cellar he utilizes native yeast ferments, elevage in very old barrels, minimal additions of sulfur just before bottling, with no other additions. Indeed, he’s making “natural wines,” but without the natural wine baggage. Refreshingly transparent and elegant, his terroir-focused wines are some of the truest tastes of Chilean wine I’ve ever experienced.

Lay of the Land

The Itata Valley was the first settlement of the Spanish Conquistadors during the 16th century. To keep up the necessary supply of wine for these new European settlers, they brought their own grape vines. And so the first propagation of some of Chile’s earliest vineyards began.

The magic of the Itata begins with its special granitic soils. This ancient 200 million-year-old batholith is home to dry-farmed bush vines principally planted with the reds, Pais (Mission grape) and Carignan, and the white grape, Muscat of Alexandria. Cool coastal winds and clouds keep the winegrowing season long, giving the wines great potential for developing the complexity needed for high quality wine.

Sadly, this region has been underutilized for decades and cheaper wines were made mostly for the locals. The winds of change have descended upon the Itata, making it one of the most exciting new prospects in the New World.

Vinateros Bravos Granitico

A Los Vinateros Bravos - 2018 Pais Granitico

Price: $20.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Grape(s): Pais
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

The Wine

One would be more hard-pressed to find a more authentic wine in the world than Leonardo Erazos' Pais wines from Chile's Itata Valley.  Yes, I know that’s a massive statement, but consider this very unusual set of circumstances that make it a pretty darn good argument:

1) There’s no phylloxera in Chile—making it the only major wine producing country with that advantage for authenticity that come from not needing American rootstock.

2) These are own-rooted vines planted no earlier than 150-years-ago, and Leonardo said they could be as old as 300.

3) Pais is an ancient grape variety brought to Chile when the conquistadors settled there in the late 16th century.  There are no laboratory clones, just a vine variety that has adapted to its environment for more than 400 years.

4) There is little to no disease pressure in these vineyards, so the use of vineyard treatments and sprays are rare, and in some cases, not used for an entire year, or more.

5) These grapes come from families who have farmed them naturally the same way for centuries and Leo doesn’t tell them how to farm them, because they know what they are doing!

6) Leo does as little as possible to these perfect grapes and adds a minimal amount of sulfur to keep them healthy, and worth drinking!

7) The vines come from purely granite soils that are about 320 million years ago, no amendments, no fertilizers!

8) The vines are dry-farmed!!

9) It’s beautifully crafted and delicious too!

Leo's Volcanico Pais is made the same as this wine but tastes a little different.  This version grown on pure granite soils forged hundreds of millions of years ago underneath the earth's surface.  Despite its more masculine impression when tasted next to Leo's Volcanico Pais, it is still a supremely elegant wine. The wine showcases its fantastic granite soils with great savoriness in the palate with deep red fruits and earth.  Both of Leo's Pais wines carry the aroma of "Chilean garrigue" which comes from the forest influence that surrounds all the vineyards.  Leo's wines are as elegant as any red wine in the world and loaded with terrific imprint of their soils and surrounding flora.

About The Wine

One would be more hard-pressed to find a more authentic wine in the world than Leonardo Erazos’ Pais wines from Chile’s Itata Valley.  Yes, I know that’s a massive statement, but consider this very unusual set of circumstances that make it a pretty darn good argument:

1) There’s no phylloxera in Chile—making it the only major wine producing country with that advantage for authenticity that come from not needing American rootstock.

2) These are own-rooted vines planted no earlier than 150-years-ago, and Leonardo said they could be as old as 300.

3) Pais is an ancient grape variety brought to Chile when the conquistadors settled there in the late 16th century.  There are no laboratory clones, just a vine variety that has adapted to its environment for more than 400 years.

4) There is little to no disease pressure in these vineyards, so the use of vineyard treatments and sprays are rare, and in some cases, not used for an entire year, or more.

5) These grapes come from families who have farmed them naturally the same way for centuries and Leo doesn’t tell them how to farm them, because they know what they are doing!

6) Leo does as little as possible to these perfect grapes and adds a minimal amount of sulfur to keep them healthy, and worth drinking!

7) The vines come from purely granite soils that are about 320 million years ago, no amendments, no fertilizers!

8) The vines are dry-farmed!!

9) It’s beautifully crafted and delicious too!

Leo’s Volcanico Pais is made the same as this wine but tastes a little different.  This version grown on pure granite soils forged hundreds of millions of years ago underneath the earth’s surface.  Despite its more masculine impression when tasted next to Leo’s Volcanico Pais, it is still a supremely elegant wine. The wine showcases its fantastic granite soils with great savoriness in the palate with deep red fruits and earth.  Both of Leo’s Pais wines carry the aroma of “Chilean garrigue” which comes from the forest influence that surrounds all the vineyards.  Leo’s wines are as elegant as any red wine in the world and loaded with terrific imprint of their soils and surrounding flora.