2007 Seña (92 pts) @senawinery
ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carmenere, 12% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot from Chile's Aconcagua Valley. The blend is from the official tech sheet and not the back label, which has different information. Seña is Chile's first icon wine. It was founded in 1995 by Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi. The hillside vineyard is 41 km from the Pacific Ocean. Grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented primarily in stainless steel vats. The wine was aged for 22 months in 💯 new French oak barrels.
👁 Deep ruby color, slight pale rim
👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe black plum, blackberry, black licorice candy, oak, smoke, violets, espresso, dark chocolate, anise, thyme, and menthol.
👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high grippy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. The wine has a silky texture on the palate but still a heavy oak influence on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe black fruit, licorice, and dark chocolate.
🔔 2007 Seña has a lot of fruit concentration to the wine, but it has not been able to truly show what is at heart due to the heavily toasted oak. It is unclear if this wine will ever shake the oak and transcend to the pedigree of more recent vintages. It is bold and enjoyable, but from my tasting notes, these wines didn't start realizing their full potential until a few vintages later. I believe this was due to the hillside vineyards still being relatively young at this time.
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