26 April, 2018

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95 points DON MAXIMIANO FOUNDER’S RESERVE 2015

Year´s Best Chilean Red Blends

Considered the first “icon” wine of Chile, its inaugural release in 1983. This cabernet is based on vines grown on the alluvial terraces of the Aconcagua River, and its style has changed dramatically in recent years, particularly in this most recent vintage. Going for a fresher style, winemaker Francisco Baettig now harvests earlier in the season and extracts the juice more gently in the cellar; he´s also reduced the contribution of new oak barrels from 100 percent to less than 70 percent. The 2015, a blend of two-thirds cabernet sauvignon with carmenère, malbec, petit verdot and franc, is fresh and energetic, offering crunchy red fruit and light spice. This drinks well today but it´s likely to show much more after five to ten years in bottle.

Reviewed by Patricio Tapia.

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