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2019 Sena Reviews



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2019 Sena Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling


Such beautiful aromas of crushed berries, currants, walnuts, allspice, and nutmeg follow through to a full body with tight, ultra-fine tannins that provide length and intensity. A finish of slightly dried cherries with wet earth, slate, and stone. Chewy and fine-grained. A wine with soul and length. Give it time. Drink after 2025.



98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


Carmenere. Most of the volume fermented in stainless steel with some 10% in concrete vats, and the final blend matured for 22 months in French oak barrels, 80% of them new, and 10% in Stockinger vats. It's 13.5% alcohol and has good acidity and freshness, coming through as medium-bodied, elegant, and balanced. This is incredibly elegant, subtle, and harmonious even at this early stage. It has floral aromas, notes of orange peel, a touch of creamy sweet spices, and great freshness. The palate is medium-bodied, seamless, and pure, with pungent flavors and a soft texture. It's long, clean, defined, and super tasty. I feel this wine is getting better and better by the vintage. The grapes were picked quite early, and that helped to contain the ripeness and seems to have been a great decision. There was also an exception in the Panquehue zone where the Seña vines are, where the summer was cooler than the average, so quite different to many other regions in Chile.



96 Pointz Vinous

The 2019 Seña was made in a year in which the average temperatures were similar to 2018 but organized differently: the spring was warm and the summer cool. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 15% Carménère and 4% Petit Verdot, it was aged for 22 months, 90% in mostly new French barrels and 10% in foudres. Purple in the glass. The nose presents notes of plum with hints of blackberry and expressive layers of mint and herb. In the mouth the firm tannins are refined and a little compact. A delicate wine that will improve in the bottle.



93 Pointz Wine Spectator



Boasts vibrant red cherry and Berry flavors, which are well-knit And bear a minerally richness. A juicy finish features accents of dried green herbs And is supported by engaging tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere, and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 8,000 cases were made and only 590 cases were imported into the United



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



97 Pointz Decanter



The twenty-fifth vintage of a wine first made in 1995 by the Mondavi and Chadwick families is one of Francisco Baettig’s best editions yet: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 15% Carmenere and Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in French oak (10% in foudres). The nose offers redcurrant, blackberry, and cherry over a bed of sweet spices, cedar, and peppers. Dense core and firm grip, it needs to be decanted or left in the bottle for a while longer.



2018 Sena Reviews


This wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 



100 Pointz James Suckling


“This is a very thoughtful Seña that shows unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms, and conifer, turning to dark berries and black olives. The palate is more glamorous with ultra-fine tannins that envelop your palate. Shows power and vibrancy at the end. Toned muscles. It’s a very intellectual wine that harkens back to the 2015.”


 

98 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The 2018 Sena was vinified in a mix of stainless-steel tanks and concrete and aged 22 months in new barrels. Offering up impressive cassis and darker berry fruits as well as notes of violets, truffle, damp earth, tobacco, and candied orange peel, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a great, seamless texture, no hard edges, and just about flawless tannins. The overall freshness and purity as well as its seamless texture all make for a compelling, world class wine.”



98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2018 Seña shows the fresher side of the Ocoa zone of the Aconcagua Valley through a Bordeaux blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot; there are small differences, but nothing substantial. As I've seen in other wines from the very complete 2018 vintage, the grapes ripened thoroughly and achieved more flavors and nuances, and the wines are slightly higher in alcohol (14% this year versus 13.3% in 2017, but in reality it's 13.8% ). But the wine seems to have more of everything. The grapes fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in new barriques and Stockinger foudres for 22 months, a similar formula as the one used for Viñedo Chadwick. This is a very elegant vintage of Seña, a year with a slow ripening so that the grapes achieved very good ripeness and full development of aromas and flavors, making the wine nuanced and complex, with depth but also freshness and finesse—floral and expressive. The tannins are very fine, polished, and elegant, and the wine is long and complex, mixing the best f 2015 and 2016, coming through as a very complete year. It's still a little young and should develop nicely in bottle; it's approachable now, but if you can hold it a little bit more, it should be even better. This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date.”



95 Pointz Vinous


“All the different variables were in perfect equilibrium for the 2018 Seña. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carménère, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in 85% new barrels and 15% in foudres. Its hue is garnet red with a purplish sheen. The intense, complex nose offers plum, blackcurrant, and blackberry, subtle notes of mint and spice, and cedar from the aging process. Terse on the palate with refined, firm but delicate tannins that deliver both flavor and structure, the freshness is precise before the lengthy finish.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


97 Pointz Decanter


“2018 was a return to a more balanced growing season after the drought of 2017, and the cooler conditions of 2016, with long slow ripening that has ensured an intense deep colour, and both concentration and juice in the body of this wine. The aromatics jump straight out of the glass, cedar, black fruit, cloves, and cinnamon spice. This is intense, with polish and balance, and will gain further depth over ageing. Layers of complexity on display, extremely impressive vintage of Seña that pulses with life.”




2017 Sena Reviews



99 Pointz James Suckling


“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.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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.”



94 Pointz Vinous 


“The 2017 Seña was made in a warm, dry, early-ripening year. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carménère, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot, it was aged for 22 months in 70% new French barrels and a fifth in foudres. A purplish garnet in the glass. The simple, vivid nose offers notes of ripe blackcurrant and blackberry and their respective jams. In the mouth, it's compact with firm tannins and accomplished juice thanks to the well-preserved acidity.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A chiseled red, with concentrated minerality and white pepper accents to the crisp and pure-tasting plum, cherry, and raspberry flavors. Rich sea salt and savory herbal notes emerge midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with cedar and cigar box nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”



2016 Sena Reviews


This wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet, with 20% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, 8% Carménère, and 2% Cabernet Franc. 



98 Pointz James Suckling


“Aromas are lifted and bright in this wine with loads of blackberries and blueberries. Full body, velvety tannins. Gorgeous texture. Very pure fruit. A bright and more fundamental Seña than last vintages. Restrained at the end.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The truly excellent 2016 Seña could very well be the finest wine produced at this estate that started as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick and now continues under the guidance of Chadwick and the excellent hand of winemaker Francisco "Pancho" Baettig. The grapes were picked later in 2016, and the final blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carmenere, and 5% Cabernet Franc, with more Malbec and considerably less Carmenere than in the past. This is "only" 13.5% alcohol and has remarkable acidity and freshness, as well as overall balance and elegance that surpasses all previous vintages. Twelve percent of the volume matured in oak foudres, while the rest was aged in barrique (73% new) for 22 months. Even so, the wine is not oaky and comes through as harmonious and elegant within the house style. It's serious, dry, and elegant, with zero concessions to sweetness. A mineral and profound red blend.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Elegant, rich, and finely textured, with concentrated and pure-tasting flavors of dried cherry, raspberry, and red currant, framed by medium-grained tannins. The polished finish features sandalwood and dried savory spice notes.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


97 Pointz Decanter


“The Seña vineyard was planted in 1998 in the heart of the Aconcagua Valley, and since 1995 it's provided the fruit for a single vineyard blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon. This new release is 55% Cabernet, with 20% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, 8% Carménère, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Winemaker Francisco Baettig works with these grapes to obtain the greatest freshness, and the very cold temperatures of 2016 certainly helped him in this task. The 2016 is vibrant, full of notes of flowers and spices, with a medium-bodied palate showing juicy acidity and firm, sharp tannins, like small needles. A linear, vertical wine, this is probably the best version to date. Drink through 2030.”




2015 Sena Reviews


This wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc.



100 Pointz James Suckling


“Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry, and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit, and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“As a comparison to the 2014 vintage of this wine, the 2015 Seña resulted in 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, with now 12% of the wine matured in new Stockinger oak foudres and the rest in barrique for some 22 months. 2015 might have been a slightly warmer year, but the resulting wine is lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, which provide for a more vibrant mouthfeel and a more focused expression of the character of the place. This vintage has half a degree less alcohol, and the acidity is a little more pungent; and, the amount of wine in foudre seems to help the oak to show better integrated. This is dry, nicely textured, and the replacement of the Merlot by Malbec seems to have also added to the refinement of the tannins that are super-elegant. 66,000 bottles were filled in February 2017.”



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2015 Seña is the product of a warm, early ripening year. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carménère, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, it spent 22 months in two thirds new barrels or foudres (12%). Dark garnet red in the glass. The fruity, open nose offers notes of blackberry and blackcurrant with floral aromas, herbs, and hints of ash and cedar. Juicy with a refined texture, a smooth feel, and mild freshness, it’s complex in the mouth with well-defined flavor. A focused wine with a slightly herbal aftertaste.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A suave and focused red, with crisp cherry and currant flavors backed by crunchy acidity. Hints of sandalwood and cardamom linger on the taut finish. Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


94 Pointz Decanter


“A joint venture between Viña Errazuriz and Robert Mondavi in 1995, Seña became wholly owned by Eduardo Chadwick’s Errazuriz in 2005. His belief in Seña as a terroir wine led him to introduce biodynamic viticulture in the same year. A Bordeaux-style blend, Seña is sourced from a 43ha mountain vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley. Precisely monitored for optimum harvesting date, the vineyard is characterised by warm sunny days and cool nights, hence ideal ripening conditions for a long hang-time of nearly 140 days. Maturation for 22 months in French oak and Stockinger foudres moderates the unique expression of Aconcagua’s intensity with the desired textural finesse. Chadwick’s series of vertical blind tastings held around the world cemented Seña’s place in the Chilean hall of fame. This deep-hued blend shows subtle smoke and chocolate powder behind vivid, plump, fleshy mulberry fruit, supported by a slim veneer of toffee and vanilla oak whose youthful, sinewy tannins frame an appetisingly savoury finish.”



2014 Sena Reviews


This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Carmenere, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.



97 Pointz James Suckling


“Complex aromas of blueberry, rose petal, licorice, and currant. Full body, ultra fine tannins, and a fresh and clean finish. Balanced and very refined. A wonderful purity and beauty. Give it three to four years to come together but already a beauty. A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 16% carmenere, 11% malbec, 8% merlot and 5% petit verdot.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The blend for the 2014 Seña was 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Carmenere, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot from their stony soils. The different grapes are carefully fermented separately and with different regimes of maceration and extraction but always looking for elegance within the natural power of the zone. The final blend was transferred to French oak barrels, 67% of them new (a percentage that seems to be slowly going down), for the élevage of 22 months. This time, some 5% of the volume carried out its aging in new Stockinger foudres. This is very much in line with the 2013 and the direction set by that cool year. The wine is very harmonious, elegant within the house style. Another superb vintage of Seña. This should age effortlessly in bottle. 60,000 bottles were filled in March 2016.”


93 Pointz Vinous

“The 2014 Seña comes after a frost hit in the spring of 2013 and a cool summer. The blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Carménère, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot spent 22 months in 67% new barrels and 5% foudres. Garnet red in color. The nose presents notes of ripe fruit, plum, and blackcurrant with hints of herb accompanied by a range of evolving aromas. In the mouth, the tannins are refined and grippy with a slightly juicy flow followed by a languorous finish. An intense wine.”


92 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A powerful, refined, and seductively fruity red, with plenty of savoriness to the red currant, plum tart, and dried cherry flavors. Asian spice and minerally notes emerge on the focused and pure-tasting finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2021.”




2013 Sena Reviews


This wine is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.


99 Pointz James Suckling

“Superb aromas of black currants, rose petal and mint. Lavender and stones too. Full body with incredible fruit density. Complex, yet it's agile and bright. Tannins are perfectly polished. It builds on the palate and shows the structure of a first growth Bordeaux but remains so Chilean. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes. This is a joy to taste... Even better than the amazing 2012.”


96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2013 Seña might very well be their finest vintage to date. 2013 was a cool vintage that favored fresh flavors and elegant and pure wines full of nuances. At Viña Seña, they took advantage of the natural conditions and produced a stunning blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carménère, 12% Malbec, 10% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot, sourced from their 42 hectares of vineyards planted some 16 years ago in the Aconcagua Valley. The varietal mix has been fine tuned and the oak has also been gradually reduced during the last few years. The process was pretty straightforward, fermentation in stainless steel and aging in French oak barrels (75% of them new) for 22 months. It has a subtle nose with aromas of red and black fruit denoting very good freshness, and the classical tobacco and cracked peppercorns, with the oak nicely integrated adding some spices and faint smoky aromas. The red fruit is remarkable and really adds freshness. Linear, juicy, sharp, and long, very tasty, and with very fine, slightly grainy tannins. There is superb balance, classical proportion, and symmetry. I have not tasted all of the vintages of Seña (one day...), but out of all the years I've tried, this is certainly the best. I'm sure this will bloom in bottle and will have a long development. I tasted what can be the finest vintage to date from Seña with winemaker Francisco Baettig. He's doing a great job.”



91 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A vibrant red, with concentrated flavors of dark plum, Cherry, mocha, and dark currant that are well-structured, featuring pure-tasting minerality. Notes of dried herb emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2019.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Healthy glowing crimson. Balsam and intensity on the savoury nose. Masses of everything: ripe fruit, bracing acidity, fine tannins. A crouching tiger?” 




2012 Sena Reviews



This wine is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carménère, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot.

 


98 Pointz James Suckling


“A phenomenal red with aromas of blackberries, licorice, sandalwood, and hot stones that turns to cigar box and hints of sweet tea. Full body, incredible depth, and concentration, yet there's also agility and playfulness to this. Long, fascinating, and balanced. It talks to you. The greatest Seña ever. (Winemaker and owner agree.) There's wonderful purity and beauty.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A rich, round, and lush-tasting red, featuring concentrated flavors of dark currant, plum tart, and dark berry, with plenty of toasty notes. Suave tannins caress the creamy finish.”



92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2012 Sena is from a cool vineyard on a rocky hillside with some clay, in the middle of the Aconcagua Valley, where there is still some influence from the Pacific Ocean. This wine has always been a blend, and in 2012 it is half Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by Carmenere, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Bright and focused, with a nose mixing red fruit, it is also bright-colored, with ripe black fruit and balsamic notes in the shape of tobacco and cedar wood, with a medium-bodied palate, very good freshness, and acidity, sophisticated, polished and fine-grained tannins. This is still a baby, but the silky texture makes it accessible now, while the complexity should come with more time.”



91 Pointz Vinous


“The 2012 Seña is the product of a warm year combined with the peak of the overripe, oaky approach in style. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carménère, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in two thirds new French barrels. Garnet red in hue. The sun and heat made their mark on the nose, which is jammy with soy sauce aromas. It’s potent in the mouth with somewhat dry tannins. It has evolved more rapidly than other vintages.”




2011 Sena Reviews


This wine is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.



95 Pointz James Suckling


“A wine with a linear and solid fruit character with firm tannins and lots of attractive fruit. Firm tannins and lots happening. Not the intense fruit of the 2012 but a classy undertone. Some may like the reserved character to this compared to the 2012. Wait for three to four years.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2011 Sena is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 22 months. It has a bright cherry color and restrained aromas of blackberries, spices, cedar wood, tobacco, and a hint of mint. The palate is a little tight and restrained, and the wine medium-bodied, with balanced concentration and good acidity. Young but accessible, it shows great elegance and balance. I like it more than the older vintages that I had the chance to taste for context. It needs to develop the bouquet and complexity that, without a doubt, will come with time in bottle. Drink 2015-2027. Sena’s hillside vineyard is on the cooler side of the Aconcagua valley (the limit to ripen Cabernet and Carmenere), extending over 45 hectares planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Syrah. The colluvial soils on the valley’s slopes contain a variety of textures and stone proportions, resulting in a great diversity of well-drained gravel, rock, and loam. The backbone of the wine is Cabernet Carmenere, complemented with the other grapes. In the 1990s, Eduardo Chadwick visited Napa, where he met Robert Mondavi. Mondavi visited Chile in 1993 and Eduardo was the one to drive him around. Mondavi was delighted with the potential he saw, but there was really no quality wine to show the world the potential of Chile. It was a 50/50 joint venture to make a blend including Carmenere.”





2010 Sena Reviews



94 Pointz James Suckling


“A red with beautiful clarity and precision with currant, blackberry, and flower character. Full body, with fine tannins and a sliced lemon character. Clean and very long. Slinky and very polished. Needs more time. Tight and reserved still.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2010 Sena is more generous on the nose than the 2009, with crisp, ripe blackberry, boysenberry, and graphite notes that are tightly coiled and, at the moment, not as expressive as the 2009. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. This is silky smooth in the mouth, harmonious, and the oak is deftly interwoven into the structure. This is a sophisticated Sena. Drink 2014-2022.”



93 Pointz Vinous 


“The 2010 Seña is the result of a cool, dry year that helped to temper the ripe style so popular at the time. A blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carménère, 12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, it spent 22 months in 77% new barrels. Garnet red in hue. The nose presents notes of blackcurrant with a layer of cedar and clear herbal aromas along with hints of mint and pepper. In the mouth it has firm tannins that engineer a balance between elegance and intensity. A wine with a voluptuous, woody character that nonetheless manages to deliver clarity and focus.”


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