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Leoncio

Leoncio, "Pais" 2021

Leoncio, "Pais" 2021

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In Guarilihue, the interior of southern Chile's Itata Valley, Leonidas Fernandez known to his friends as Beto works under the name Leoncio, producing wines of imminent freshness from the hard-won fruit of ancient grape vines tended by several longtime, small-scale growers in the valley. Originally from Colombia, Beto worked as a sommelier for over 15 years, first in his native Bogotá (at the country's #1 restaurant & a top 50 'fine dining' spot globally, Leo Cocina y Cava) before traveling to Mexico & Spain working in restaurants of similar esteem. All of this before deciding to trade in the life of a sommelier to something much closer to the primacy of things, to producing wine himself. Having started in pandemic-era Chile in 2020 with the legend of País himself Roberto Henríquez, Beto somehow produced a first vintage in only 2021 of astounding purity & beauty, bespeaking years of experience despite his greenness. Tragically, earlier this year, the fires that ravaged the Itata Valley destroyed nearly everything Beto had. Upwards of 50% of his vines, his entire cellar, his amphorae -- all burned. There is a communal effort in the valley to help rebuild in addition to aid from around the globe. For now, this is the hard-won fruit of his & his growers' labor, delicious evidence of rarity produced by heirloom vines on the precipice.

Itata Valley, Chile. 100% País from 150-year-old vines rooted in basaltic, red clay soil. The grapes were destemmed and macerated on the skins for 8 days before pressing into old foudres. Unfined, unfiltered, just a touch of SO2. 

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