Don Maximiano 2014
Introduced with the 1983 vintage, Don Maximiano was among the first of the new generation of “Super-Chileans.” The flagship for the estate and a global symbol of how distinct and extraordinary the wines of Chile can be, this world class Cabernet oozes with irresistible fruit that is detailed, balanced and long.
Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, 65 miles north of the capital, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant,
The Don Maximiano vineyard is located in the Aconcagua Valley and the oldest among them are Max I, Max II and Max V blocks. The region has a long dry season with moderately warm summer days cooled by the soft evening breezes that enter the valley from the Pacific Ocean. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere vines were planted in 1978 and 1993, respectively, while the Petit Verdot was planted in 1999. The three vineyards that contribute grapes for Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve are planted on north or northeast facing hillsides with 5°–25° of slope. The soils are volcanic, colluvial and piedmont (Max I and II) or alluvial (Max V) in origin, with good drainage conferring low to moderate vigor.
The must was fermented in small-volume stainless steel tanks to maximize contact between the juice and the skins, using selected yeasts at temperatures that fluctuated between 75° and 82°F. Three daily pumpovers moved 0.5–1.5 times the volume of the tanks, depending on the level of extraction desired in each case. Total maceration time was 8 to 30 days at 75°–82°F, depending on the lot. All of the lots were aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 68% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation, clarification, and stabilization occurred naturally in the barrels.
The 2014 season in the MAX Vineyard was characterized as a moderate and long growing season. The season began with a cool and dry spring, including some cold spells in late September, however, temperatures rose slightly reaching historical averages.
On the nose, this wine is complex and exhibits rich and ripe aromas of bramble, raspberry and black cherry along with notes of bay leaf, cedar and bittersweet chocolate. On the palate, its juicy and spicy, its supple texture supports ripe flavors of red fruit and pastry notes. The wine’s fine-grained tannins provide a framework for the luscious fruit intensity in the finish and excellent persistence.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Certified Sustainable. Environmentally friendly processes include using gravity instead of pumps to move wine, controlling temperatures with wind in underground ducts to avoid use of air conditioning, and using solar panels and special window glass to save energy.
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James Suckling - “Very cool black currant and blackberry aromas with hints of flowers. Full body, pretty integrated tannins and a bright and fruity finish. Hints of walnuts and berries on the finish. Chocolate undertone. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 18% carmenere, 9% malbec and 5% petit verdot.”
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