Wine Pick #2
Rogue Vine Pipeño Blanco 2020
Guarilihue, Itata Valley, Chile
Leo Erazo and Justin Decker started Rogue Vine in 2011 in a one-car garage in Concepcion, Chile. They make wines from the Nipas and Guarilihue subregions of the Itata Valley. All the vineyards are composed of hillside, dry-farmed bush vines that are a minimum of 60 years old rooted in Granite-rich soils with touches of clay and quartz. Their ethos is simple winemaking that employs native yeast, concrete globes, or old barrels, no corrections, and minimal to no sulfur at bottling. Horses are used for plowing and all vineyard work is done by hand in keeping with the centuries-old traditions of the Itata Valley. Rogue Vine, from its inception, believes in promoting the rich culture and history of this long-neglected and rural farming community. This delicious field blend is both as simple as the path to work and as profound as the road to bliss.