Francisco Gillmore finally realized his dream when he founded his now iconic winery in Chile's Maule Valley nearly 40 years ago. He took over a century-old winery with mature vineyards that were almost perfect. The only flaw was that they were planted to a rather uninteresting varietal called Pa?s.
Fortunately, vines are very adaptive. All Francisco had to do was cut each vine to a foot or so off the ground and then insert cuttings from a different vine and voil?! His Pa?s just turned into Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. And, since the root system is the most important part of the vine, these "young" vines were very mature and ready to produce outstanding wine.
Francisco runs the operation with his daughter, Daniella, who tends the vineyard, and her husband, Andres Sanchez, who is the winemaker. You can't get much more of a family operation than that.
While Chile has a few of its own indigenous grapes, the wine industry there was started by the French in the mid-1800s. They came with their own varieties, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, which proved to be far superior to most of the local varietals and thus the industry began.
Our blend is a rich mix of 50% Cabernet Franc and 25% each of Merlot and Syrah. The synergy between Cabernet France and Merlot provides lovely berries and silky tannins that well-matched with the gamey spice of the Syrah. Roasted meats and game like venison or duck would sing together with this wine.