The wine offers aromas of cassis, truffles, black fruits, blueberries, black pepper, and chocolate. The small amounts of Syrah, Carmenere and Petit Verdot in the blend add layered notes of ripe dark fruit and firm tannins.
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2010 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Syrah aged for 22 months in French oak, of which 81% is new. It has a lush, ripe, rounded bouquet with well-integrated oak, again, more floral in style than the 2008 or 2009, more feminine and generous. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit as well as fine tannins. Finally, after so many years, I feel that the oak is in synch and not subjugating the fruit, rendering this a far more impressive Cabernet that gives pleasure. Drink 2014-2025. (Dec 2012)
Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870 in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, 65 miles north of Santiago. Recognizing that the valley’s hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes provided ideal conditions for growing grapes, Don Maximiano planted carefully selected French clones and slowly transformed a barren landscape into a world-class vineyard. Eduardo Chadwick is the fifth consecutive generation of his family to lead this historic estate according to Don Maximiano’s philosophy “From the best land, the best wine. For more than a century, Errazuriz has produced some of the finest wines in Chile by managing each stage of winemaking from grape to bottle. Unlike most major Chilean producers, Errazuriz only uses hand-picked estate fruit for its wines. Further, Errazuriz was one of the first Chilean wineries to earn the certification of sustainability from Vinos de Chile and the Vinnova-Tecnovid Consortium. Winemaker Francisco Baettig earned a Master’s Degree from the Department of Enology at the University of Bordeaux and worked in Sancerre, Pomerol, Languedoc-Roussillon, Santa Cruz and throughout Chile before joining Errazuriz. He is responsible for making some of the most highly regarded wines ever produced in Chile. While the evolution of the portfolio has been influenced by changing consumer preferences as well as the development of the vineyards, Errazuriz continues to offer an unparalleled range of quality wines at every price level. The Max Reserva wines are made exclusively from estate fruit grown in the family’s Aconcagua Valley vineyards and the grapes are destemmed before beginning its cuvaison. Exceptional quality, character and complexity are the hallmarks of this rigorous and intensive effort. Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 2005 on the Manzanar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Costa, 7.5 miles from the Pacific, on loam soils over clay and schist. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted in 1997 in the La Escultura Vineyard, on schist soils and is further inland and warmer with more precipitation. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted over 20 years ago on the Max V Vineyard in Aconcagua on gravel soils with excellent drainage. Carmenere, planted 20 years ago on the Max VI and Max VII Vineyards in Aconcagua on loam soils, ripens well in the warmer climate.
|(78% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Carmenere /7% Petit Verdot/5% Syrah). Grapes from vines planted in the Don Maximiano Vineyard between 1978-1993 to a thin layer of decomposed granite over soils of alluvial origins were double sorted and fermented in small stainless steel vats to maximize lees contact. During fermentation, the must macerated for 16-35 days to maximize flavor and color. The lots were aged separately for 22 months in French oak (81% new).