Seña Red Wine 2015
|Region||Chile, Aconcagua Valley|
"SeÃ±a is a unique, 6000-case-per year Bordeaux blend made in Valle de Aconcagua just north of Santiago. Originally founded by Eduardo Chadwick in cooperation with American wine icon Robert Mondavi, since 2005 the project has belonged entirely to Chadwick, who also heads ViÃ±edo Chadwick and ViÃ±a ErrÃ¡zuriz. It was Chadwick who introduced biodynamic viticulture to SeÃ±a, and who began sourcing grapes exclusively from the estate's own property; it's a 104-acre mountain vineyard with blocks of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Although the vines are very young, having been planted specifically for SeÃ±a, it means perfect proportions of grape varietals can be used for the wines, including a significant splash of the oh-so-Chilean carmenere. It provides a degree of freshness, which, coupled with the malbec's decadent, unending complexity, makes this for now simply unbeatable in Chile. The 2013 and 2014 were near-perfect wines. The 2015 has secured Sena's position as one of Chile's greatest producers with a perfect 100-point score."
As a comparison to the 2014 vintage of this wine, the 2015 Seña resulted in 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with now 12% of the wine matured in new Stockinger oak foudres and the rest in barrique for some 22 months. 2015 might have been a slightly warmer year, but the resulting wine is lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, which provide for a more vibrant mouthfeel and a more focused expression of the character of the place. This vintage has half a degree less alcohol, and the acidity is a little more pungent; and, the amount of wine in foudre seems to help the oak to show better integrated. This is dry, nicely textured, and the replacement of the Merlot by Malbec seems to have also added to the refinement of the tannins that are super-elegant. 66,000 bottles were filled in February 2017. The price has not yet been set.
A suave and focused red, with crisp cherry and currant flavors backed by crunchy acidity. Hints of sandalwood and cardamom linger on the taut finish. Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made.