2020 Dominio del Cuarzo, Cinsault Valle del Itata, Chile

2020 Dominio del Cuarzo, Cinsault Valle del Itata, Chile



Felipe Ramirez started Dominio del Cuarzo in 2019. He currently produces two wines from two small vineyards in Itata. The Pais is from Nipas on basalt and the cinsault is from Guarilihue on granite. Both vineyards consist of old bush vines that are farmed organically and without irrigation. These wines are produced in small quantities and are slowly increasing from year to year. Felipe was raised in Santiago and worked in his uncle’s restaurant in his teens.  He went to University and studied enology and viticulture and eventually became a winemaker. After 4 years working in Chile, Felipe sold his drums and car, got a loan, and moved to Montpelier, France to continue studying viticulture and immerse himself in all things French. He worked in Burgundy and the Northern Rhone and returned to Chile in 2007. He worked for Santa Rita and Bouchon before becoming the winemaker at Rose and Arrows in Oregon. Over the years Felipe worked with Pedro Parra and the two became close friends and colleagues. Felipe made the first Dominio del Cuarzo wines at Pedro’s winery and he’s now located next door where he shares a winery with a neighboring friend. Felipe splits his time between Oregon and Chile and plans to continue making wines in both hemispheres.

Most know Cinsault as a contributing component to red blends in the Southern Rhone Valley and Provence area of France.  Often a stand alone variety for aromatic roses.  Now more often one see the varietal isolated and produced as a very spicy and floral aromatic red with fresh exuberant berry flavors.

100% Cinsault sourced from a 2.5 acre site of quartzitic, sandy, granitic soils planted in 1960 in Guarilihue.  Organically dry farmed bush vines.  Indigneous fermentation in concrete with 100% stem inclusion for 25 days maceration.  Continued maturation for 10 months in concrete cask on the lees.  Bottled unfiltered and unfined.  277 cases.  13.5% alcohol.