2014 Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley (Previously $350)

SKU #1317944 100 points James Suckling

 This is a wine that simultaneously defines elegance and power. Complex aromas of blueberry, black currant, and black licorice. Full-body yet refined and beautiful with stunning length and complexity. It has a transparency that shows such greatness and beauty. Half the normal production. Has an energy and brightness. Chile's first perfect wine and well deserved. Better in 2020.  (9/2016)

96 points Decanter

 Encouraged by the character of fruit picked earlier in the 2012 vintage, the Chadwick team began picking the grapes in mid-March, a month earlier than normal. And that, together with 25% less new wood, gives a surprising example of character, focussed purely on the fruit and its refreshing personality. This is a delicious juice of red berries, barely spiced by mint and armed with strong, polished tannins. It will need a decade to reach its peak. Drinking Window 2018-2030. (PT)  (12/2017)

95 points Vinous

 Bright purple color. Cherry liqueur, dark berries, potpourri and cedary oak on the seductively perfumed nose, complicated by notes of tobacco, Indian spices and cola. Seamless, fleshy, alluring sweet red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors are firmed by a spine of juicy acidity and enlivened with air. The finish repeats the cherry, spice and floral notes and hangs on with superb focus and tenacity. This wine's interplay of power and finesse is extremely impressive. (JR)  (2/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Viñedo Chadwick is their flagship pure Cabernet Sauvignon from the appellation Puente Alto in Maipo cropped from a low yielding year as the result of some frosts in September. The vines were planted in 1992 on alluvial soils with clay with a high content of stones. It has moderate alcohol and very good freshness and acidity and nicely integrated oak after the malolactic and 22 months in 75% new barriques. They did a super selection here and ended up producing almost half of the bottles they used to produce. The result is a more elegant and finer version of this bottling. A classical Maipo Cabernet with unusual elegance. (LG)  (4/2017)

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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 Médoc 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5