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2013 Seña Red Blend Valle de Aconcagua

SKU #1259007 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (6/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenère, 10% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. TA 6.13 g/l, pH 3.43, RS 2.78 g/l. Cool vintage. Hand-picked and sorted by hand. Stainless-steel fermentation, three pumpovers per day. Total maceration time ranged from 14-27 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Carmenère and 6-8 days for the Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (75% new). Healthy glowing crimson. Balsam and intensity on the savoury nose. Masses of everything: ripe fruit, bracing acidity, fine tannins. A crouching tiger? Drink 2021-2032. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

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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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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