2013 Seña Red Blend Valle de Aconcagua

SKU #1259007 99 points James Suckling

 Superb aromas of black currants, rose petal and mint. Lavender and stones too. Full body with incredible fruit density. Complex, yet it's agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly polished. It builds on the palate and shows the structure of a first growth Bordeaux but remains so Chilean. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes. This is a joy to taste now but it will show itself in 2019. Even better than the amazing 2012.  (6/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Seña might very well be their finest vintage to date. 2013 was a cool vintage that favored fresh flavors and elegant and pure wines full of nuances. At Viña Seña, they took advantage of the natural conditions and produced a stunning blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carménère, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, sourced from their 42 hectares of vineyards planted some 16 years ago in the Aconcagua Valley. The varietal mix has been fine tuned and the oak has also been gradually reduced during the last few years. The process was pretty straightforward, fermentation in stainless steel and aging in French oak barrels (75% of them new) for 22 months. It has a subtle nose with aromas of red and black fruit denoting very good freshness, and the classical tobacco and cracked peppercorns, with the oak nicely integrated adding some spices and faint smoky aromas. The red fruit is remarkable and really adds freshness. Linear, juicy, sharp and long, very tasty and with very fine, slightly grainy tannins. There is superb balance, classical proportion and symmetry. I have not tasted all of the vintages of Seña (one day...), but out of all the years I've tried, this is certainly the best. I'm sure this will bloom in bottle and will have a long development. I tasted what can be the finest vintage to date from Seña with winemaker Francisco Baettig. He's doing a great job. (LG)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

At least two of the wine world's major critics are on the same page about Seña, who continues to set the standard for Bordeaux inspired Cabernet blends in Chile. That said, this is a wine with a strong track record of achieving great results, having repeatedly finished first in professionally judged competitive tastings alongside all five of Bordeaux's first growths. Aconcagua is a fine terroir for Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, and it shows year after year in the depth, concentration and finesse of the flavors in Seña.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2017 | Send Email
Imagine if the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting - the event which proved the quality of California's finest Cabernet based wines was every bit the equal of its much better known and more expensive Bordeaux peers - was taken on the road over the course of a decade. That is exactly what happened with Sena, beginning in 2004 in Berlin and then taking place in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and other cities in most of the world's major wine markets. While the wine consistently placed 2nd or 3rd in these early tastings, when verticals were introduced in later tastings, Sena consistently swept the competition, finishing first nearly every time. Now that you have some context, I can tell you that this wine is the real deal, a fantastic expression of Chilean terroir and a very fine Bordeaux inspired blend to be sure. At under $100, I think it's one of our best higher end Cabernet blends, and certainly one of the most consistently praised amongst the world's wine critics.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14