The wine presents notes of spice and black pepper that are highlighted by hints of toasty oak. Silky tannins and pleasing, well-balanced acidity leads to the refreshing finish.
Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2011 Max Reserva Carmenere displays a bright, lively cherry color and a clean nose with subtle leafy notes. It is austere, spicy, balsamic minty and silky, with polished tannins and balanced acidity. With its good balance between ripeness and herbaceousness, this is very drinkable. Carmenere needs to ripen, but not to get overripe. Drink 2014-2018. (Jun 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 88 points - Initially this smells oaky, pasty and lactic, but with time it opens to reveal blackberry and cassis aromas. The palate is lively and offers healthy acidic cut. Flavors of creamy berry, oak and plum end with a creamy feeling and lightly lactic tasting finish. Overall this is a polished wine with minimal varietal character. (Sep 2013)
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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.
Fruit from Max V, VI and VII Vineyards was crushed and fermented in stainless steel with pump overs twice per day. Post-fermentation maceration lasted 10-36 days depending on the development of each lot, and the wine was aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, of which 18% were new.
Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, 100 kms North of the Capital, Santiago. Recognising that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, 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, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business.
Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errazuriz has built a reputation as the "Best of Chile".
Errazuriz's philosophy is best expressed by Don Maximiano who said, "From the best land, the best wine". As an estate winery, Viña Errazuriz strives to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua, Casablanca and Curico valleys, to winemaking with the most natural techniques. An emphasis is placed on the delicate handling of the wines, with the aim of producing wines with elegance and complexity. It is his dynamism and passion for wine that has made Errazuriz such an internationally respected producer of quality wines.