2014 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve

Year: 2014
Appellation: Aconcagua Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"Svelte, featuring firm tannins behind the juicy dark cherry, plum and wild berry flavors. Savory midpalate, offering a finish that lingers with notes of green herbs and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 200 cases imported.–KM " (WS)

"I got to taste two vintages of most of the wines this time, like the 2014 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve and the following vintage. The blend in 2014 was high in Cabernet Sauvignon at 68%, plus 18% Carménère, 9% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot from volcanic colluvial soils in Aconcagua. It fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in French oak barrels (70% new) for 20 months. There is a big change in this wine with this vintage (it really started in 2013 and peaked in 2015) towards more freshness and less oak. It keeps its classical profile but with a lot more freshness. The palate is medium-bodied, with the telltale tannins of the variety and very tasty almost salty finish. Volumes were lower in 2014, down to 50,000 bottles. It was bottled in March 2016." (WA)

"Very cool black currant and blackberry aromas with hints of flowers. Full body, pretty integrated tannins and a bright and fruity finish. Hints of walnuts and berries on the finish. Chocolate undertone. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 18% carmenere, 9% malbec and 5% petit verdot. Better in 2020. " (JS)

Winery Notes:
The Don Maximiano Vineyard is located in the Aconcagua Valley, a region that features an extended dry season with moderately warm summer days cooled by soft afternoon breezes from the Pacific Ocean. The Cabernet Sauvignon selected for this vintage was sourced from the Max I, II and V vineyards of the Don Maximiano Estate, which were planted in 1978 (Max I) and 1993 (Max II and V). The Shiraz came from Max V, and the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Max I. The vineyards are planted on 5°–25° slopes that face north and northeast. The soils of the Max I vineyard consist of a thin layer of meteorized granite, while those of Max II are of colluvial origin with 30–40% stone compound. These soil profiles ensure excellent drainage, which is expressed in the low-to-medium vigour of the vines with an excellent balance between vegetative growth and crop load. Max V’s deep alluvial soils with 50% stones provide excellent drainage and produces vines of moderate vigour that are in balance.

The vines are trellised to vertical shoot position and are spur or cane pruned depending on the variety and the terroir. Aerial photography allows us to divide the vineyard according to vigour and harvest in accordance with the progress of maturation in each specific lot.