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Sena 2017 Red Blend, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Sena 2017 Red Blend, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

James Suckling
Decanter Magazine
Wine Advocate

World Class Chilean Red.

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  • 99 Points!!
  • Robert Mondavi/Eduardo Chadwick joint venture
  • "Full-bodied, rich and powerful"
  • "extured structure, framed by a vibrant acidity. Fluid and elegant."
  • "a more serious vintage with good concentration and weight"

About Sena 2017 Red Blend, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

In 1995 Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick pioneered an international joint venture with a very challenging goal: to reach the full potential of Chile’s wine country and to create a world-class Icon-level wine like none other in Chile. Sharing their dream, efforts and dedication, in 1997 they released the first vintage of Seña (1995), Chile’s first icon wine. This marked a milestone and initiated the path for making ultra-premium wines in Chile.

Finding the ideal terroir was essential to the project. After four years of searching the Aconcagua Valley from east to west, checking hundreds of soil pits and temperature variations, an ideal piece of land was discovered in Ocoa, in the mid-section of the valley, 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean.  This is where the 100-acre Sena vineyard resides. The vineyard is farmed biodynamically.

At the Berlin Tasting in 2004 the 2001 Sena bested Chateaux Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux and Latour and other world class wines.

James Suckling scored this 99 points saying "The aromas of blackberries, cedar, sandalwood and black tea are compelling. Black olives. Rosemary and sage undertones. Full-bodied, rich and powerful Seña with impressive and powerful tannins, yet harmony and balance. Fruit-forward. Lightly chewy. Fresh and energetic wine in a hot year. Broad-shouldered. Drink after 2022."

Decanter Magazine scored this 97 points saying "Francisco Baettig harvested this Bordeaux blend 20 days early to deliver this elegant, bright, somehow subdued wine. Complex herbs, cassis and cedar layered with figs and plums. Stylish palate, juicy concentration and a grainy, textured structure, framed by a vibrant acidity. Fluid and elegant. Drinking Window 2021 - 2033"

The Wine Advocate scored this 96 points saying "They explained how the 2017 Seña was produced with "grapes that were handpicked in the morning and transported to the winery in 12-kilogram boxes for a careful inspection on a double sorting table. The grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 31 degrees Celsius (77 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the variety and the level of extraction desired. Three pump-overs were carried out daily during fermentation to rotate the volume of the tank 0.5 to 1.5 times. Total maceration time ranged from 15 to 30 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Carmenère and eight to 12 days for the Petit Verdot, according to the development of each block vinified. The final blend was racked to French oak barrels (67% new) and aged for 22 months, during which time malolactic fermentation and stabilization occurred naturally." They harvested early and managed to keep the same alcohol level as the 2016. This has less aromatic exuberance and is a more serious vintage with good concentration and weight, not as aerial as the 2016. They increased the amount of wine matured in larger 2,500-liter foudres instead of barrique. This is more powerful, structured and concentrated, like a drier version of the 2015, with some grainy tannins, more acidity, more austerity and less primary fruit. The tannins have some grip (the earlier harvest perhaps?) and might need a little bit of time in bottle, and the wine seems to have what it takes to develop nicely in bottle. They produced 120,000 bottles of this. It was bottled in February and March 2019. Just for the record, the varietal breakdown is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carmenère, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, reflecting a good year for Carmenère and Cabernet Franc."


Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country Chile

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