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Perfection Again – This Time with American Inspiration. Discover the Sleeper That Took on the First Growths.
September 3, 2020



A Special IWM Presentation
Just Released –Perfection and The Finest Seña in 20+ Years? It Is the Chilean Signature That Challenges the First Growths with the Robert Mondavi Touch. Plus - New Release from the “La Mission Haut Brion Of Chile” - (Errázuriz) Viñedo Chadwick!

“Seña is the peripatetic wine that goes around the world challenging and, let it be said, often defeating First Growths in blind tastings… This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Right on the heels of Clos Apalta – there is more to share from down under. Renaissance, Rebirth, or Rinascimento – call it what you like, it is an exciting time for South American wines from Chile and Argentina! Both regions are experiencing a revival with renewed focus on high quality, terroir-driven wines to compete with Bordeaux’s Great Growths, California’s Cult Classics and Italy’s Famed Super-Tuscans. And while we screamed about the wines of Clos Apalta yesterday, there is also the First Growths of Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild that already offer the iconic wines of Almaviva and Los Vascos Project respectively, however, for IWM and many critics it is Eduardo Chadwick, who has captured attention with his First Growth quality wine 2018 Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has been called the “La Mission Haut Brion Of Chile,” and remains the most sought-after collector wine from South America and one of the most difficult to find! We were given a mere handful of cases along with a rare 9 liter Salmanazar!

But we are not letting our Chilean hot streak end there. Just released is a worthy follow-up from Chile’s prized Aconcagua Valley! This time the vision of the project was not of French inspiration on the choice Chilean terroir, but American influence – a year-in and year-out top wine of the Andes, it is Eduardo Chadwick’s 2018 Seña. I first wrote about Seña a few years back when Robert Mondavi was involved in this pioneering partnership and Chilean effort. More than twenty years later the Napa Valley pioneer would be impressed with the results; Seña is now one of Chile’s top wines “often defeating First Growths in blind tastings.” We expect more of the same from the highly anticipated 2018 vintage with its perfect 100-point review, but beyond the ratings, we prefer the cooler vintage here. It should be noted that production is one-third that of Almaviva and just 5,000 cases are produced for the world. We are pleased to offer this benchmark Cabernet blend in the making with back vintage selections and some rare large formats!

Featured Wines: Debut of Seña and Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet
The Vina Errazuriz & Mondavi Vision That Succeeded In “… Defeating First Growths In Blind Tastings.” (Click to Order)



Note: wine are pre-arrival

Seña vineyard is located in a uniquely cool hillside area of the Aconcagua Valley, just sixty miles outside of Santiago, where it benefits from the coastal winds of the Pacific Ocean. The celebrated wine began as a partnership between Eduardo Chadwick of Chile’s famed Vina Errazuriz and the Napa Valley pioneer, Robert Mondavi. Their first wine together was released with the 1995 vintage, and the two began to write history. With eventual changes at Mondavi, Eduardo eventually took over full control of the winery and has truly established the Seña bottling as Chile’s premier wine. As is noted from several tasting notes in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the winery began entering blind tasting competitions with the First Growths (Lafite, Margaux and Latour) around the world both challenging, and defeating them, – not bad for a relatively small winery from the Aconcagua Valley.

And while Napa Valley wines have the 1976 Judgement In Paris tasting to be thankful for, you might say Seña has the 2004 Judgement In Berlin, showing the world that Chile too can take on the iconic wines of the Left Bank. It’s another fun wine story, but what we like here most is the value, the past Mondavi inspiration, the biodynamic practices, and the future this winery continues to hold under the inspiring leadership of Eduardo Chadwick and Chief Winemaker, Francisco Baettig, who has stated, this is “one of his greatest achievements."
Additional Selections and Notes:



2018 Seña Valle de Aconcagua
100 Points, 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. Blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 15% carmenere, 7% cabernet franc and 5% merlot.” 4/20

98 Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: They talk about textbook climate conditions during the growing season for the grapes used for the 2018 Viñedo Chadwick, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a 3% dash of Petit Verdot. The vines are planted on alluvial soils, and the grapes were picked in the morning and transported to the winery to be fermented in a combination of stainless steel (75%) and troncoconic concrete vats. Eighty percent of the wine matured in new French oak barriques and the remaining 20% in Stockinger oak foudres for a period of 22 months. It's 13.5% alcohol and has very good acidity. Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It's vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I'd wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too.”



2018 (Errázuriz) Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Red Blend
98 Points, James Suckling: “The aromas show blackcurrant, pine-tree, violet and light spearmint character. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fine, creamy tannins. Hints of currants and fresh herbs. Extremely long and layered. Try after 2022.”

97 Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “They talk about textbook climate conditions during the growing season for the grapes used for the 2018 Viñedo Chadwick, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a 3% dash of Petit Verdot. The vines are planted on alluvial soils, and the grapes were picked in the morning and transported to the winery to be fermented in a combination of stainless steel (75%) and troncoconic concrete vats. Eighty percent of the wine matured in new French oak barriques and the remaining 20% in Stockinger oak foudres for a period of 22 months. It's 13.5% alcohol and has very good acidity. Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It's vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I'd wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too.”

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All my best,
Chris