2017 Errazuriz Max Reserva Pinot Noir

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  • Best Chilean Winery 2017, Robert Parker
  • 92JS "super refined" Pinot Noir
  • Certified Sustainable
  • Free shipping on 6 or more bottles

About the wine  

Errázuriz 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 of elegance and complexity. It is this dynamism and passion for wine that has made Errázuriz such an internationally respected producer of quality wines.

Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.

Hailing from a daring planting nearly 15 years ago of vineyards fewer than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, MAX Pinot Noir is a stunning expression of Pinot Noir that we believe makes it one of the highest quality, most interesting, and most original Pinot Noirs available at its price from anywhere in the world.

Aging: 11 months in 15% new French oak barrels

Tasting notes: Aromas of cherries, raspberries and rose hips are complemented, with soft touches of tobacco and earthy notes. On the palate the wine is juicy, predominated by red fruit character and is accompanied by delicate balsamic notes. A wine of great balance, structure, elegant tannins and length.

Reviews

Hibiscus, bright violets, blueberry tea, Chinese spices and herbs. Medium body, tight yet never firm tannins that frame a crunchy core of blue fruit up to a minerally, super-refined finish. ~92JS

I tasted three different labels of Pinot Noir, including the 2017 Max Reserva Pinot Noir from Aconcagua, a restrained red with moderate alcohol and very good freshness. After destemming and crushing, it fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 15% of them new. It has some iron-like aromas of fresh blood and red berries and a tasty, medium-bodied palate. ~90RP

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