- Blend50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Malbec, 17% Carménère and 6% Petit Verdot completes the blend.
- WinemakerFrancisco Baettig
- AppellationAconcagua Valley
- Farming MethodBiodynamic
- Oak90% in French oak barrels (70% new) and 10% in foudres
- Aging/Cooperage22 Months
Seña Red Blend Aconcagua Valley 2021 (Pre-Arrival)
Arrives Spring 2024!
“One of the finest vintages of the iconic Seña wine…” – The Wine Advocate
100 points! This epic bottling of the Southern Hemisphere’s very, very best won’t arrive until spring 2024, BUT wow – is it worth the wait! Robert Mondavi is certainly smiling down on this wine. When he joined forces with Viña Errázuriz, a little-known Chilean winery run by Eduardo Chadwick back in 1995 – it didn’t make nearly the headlines as his previous partnership with Baron Philippe de Rothschild when they created Opus One in the early 80s...but all that is starting to change.
With three vintages in the last six receiving 100 point scores, Seña is without question one of the world’s top wines of the last decade. Add in First Bottle’s top-in-the-nation pricing, and this is something you seriously can’t miss! Set in the heart of Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, at a place called Ocoa, lies a 42-acre parcel planted to Bordeaux varieties – including carménère – the lesser known “6th grape” of Bordeaux that has since come to shine in Chile. Robert’s son, Tim, worked tirelessly with Eduardo to find this perfect spot – taking three years to dig soil pits all over the valley before settling here. Sustainability was always going to be a focus – so a site that was somewhat remote from the potentially damaging choices of other vintners was decided to be ideal. It is a spot of unsurpassing beauty – on the mid-slope of a volcanic ridge – with a mix of gravelly, rocky volcanic and alluvial soils, and an interspersing of clay and loam...in other words, an ideal location that melds the soils of Bordeaux with the hillsides of Napa Valley.
The blend here is 50% cabernet sauvignon, 27% malbec, 17% carménère and 6% petit verdot – aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak barrels. Rest assured, we intend to crack a bottle as soon as it arrives, but for now, we must rely on the words of our esteemed peers who have tasted this wonder: “It has a super expressive nose that is elegant, nuanced, perfumed, subtle and pure, with aromatic finesse, layered and complex...” (Wine Advocate) With James Suckling, remarking, “This is really fresh, nimble and floral on the nose with subtle cherries, plums, redcurrants and wild lavender. More red fruit here with lots of layers and just a touch of sweet spice…”Decanter magazine brings it all home, saying, “Smooth, silky and seductive with crystalline, succulent and ample fruit - blackcurrants, cherries and strawberries, but mostly black fruit, with clear menthol, clove, cocoa and a liquorice tang. Bright and lifted, this has clear personality and such a stylish execution. Full and round, forward and intense, but delivered with poise…”
Not sure about you, but I’m drooling over here! If you need a wine that will easily drink amongst the ranks of First Growth Bordeaux and culty Napa cabs...consider this your next investment. You won’t regret it!