2017 Seña Proprietary Red Aconcagua Valley

$139.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
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A joint venture between Decanter’s 2018 Man of the Year Eduardo Chadwick of Errazuriz and Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi. Chile’s Valle de Aconcagua gives them the best vineyard sites to create this legendary wine. In 2004, Sena topped a blind tasting by thirty-six of the world’s most respected wine critics against some of the biggest names in wine including: Chateau Margaux, Mouton and Latour as well as famed Solaia, and WON! That same result has repeated itself in numerous blind tastings in North America and Asia as Sena’s acclaim continues to grow.

“The aromas of blackberries, cedar, sandalwood and black tea are compelling. Black olives. Rosemary and sage undertones. Full-bodied, rich and powerful Seña with impressive and powerful tannins, yet harmony and balance. Fruit-forward. Lightly chewy. Fresh and energetic wine in a hot year. Broad-shouldered.”- JS

Fans of Bordeaux should take note, this is the wine you must try and add to your collection.

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL OFFER. PAYMENT IS DUE NOW. WINE WILL ARRIVE JANUARY 2020.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
22 Months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 67% New
Appellation:
Aconcaqua Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
SKU #:
1040503
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Wine Advocate

They explained how the 2017 Seña was produced with "grapes that were handpicked in the morning and transported to the winery in 12-kilogram boxes for a careful inspection on a double sorting table. The grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 31 degrees Celsius (77 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the variety and the level of extraction desired. Three pump-overs were carried out daily during fermentation to rotate the volume of the tank 0.5 to 1.5 times. Total maceration time ranged from 15 to 30 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Carmenère and eight to 12 days for the Petit Verdot, according to the development of each block vinified. The final blend was racked to French oak barrels (67% new) and aged for 22 months, during which time malolactic fermentation and stabilization occurred naturally." They harvested early and managed to keep the same alcohol level as the 2016. This has less aromatic exuberance and is a more serious vintage with good concentration and weight, not as aerial as the 2016. They increased the amount of wine matured in larger 2,500-liter foudres instead of barrique. This is more powerful, structured and concentrated, like a drier version of the 2015, with some grainy tannins, more acidity, more austerity and less primary fruit. The tannins have some grip (the earlier harvest perhaps?) and might need a little bit of time in bottle, and the wine seems to have what it takes to develop nicely in bottle. They produced 120,000 bottles of this. It was bottled in February and March 2019. Just for the record, the varietal breakdown is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carmenère, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, reflecting a good year for Carmenère and Cabernet Franc.

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James Suckling

The aromas of blackberries, cedar, sandalwood and black tea are compelling. Black olives. Rosemary and sage undertones. Full-bodied, rich and powerful Seña with impressive and powerful tannins, yet harmony and balance. Fruit-forward. Lightly chewy. Fresh and energetic wine in a hot year. Broad-shouldered. Drink after 2022.