Viña Errázuriz consolidates its quality in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate latest report | Errazuriz

9 November, 2021

Viña Errázuriz consolidates its quality in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate latest report

Viña Errázuriz was highlighted once again in Chile’s annual report recently published in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, after obtaining consistent top scores in this prestigious international publication.

Luis Gutiérrez’s report highlighted Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2019, 97 points: “The effervescent palate and the intensely mineral and salty character defines the 2019 Las Pizarras Chardonnay from the Aconcagua Costa appellation, which makes it one of the finest, most elegant and complex whites from South America”. Then added, “It’s crystalline and symmetric and has terrific balance and all the ingredients for a nice development in bottle. It’s elegant and subtle, more serious and less exuberant than in cooler years. It has a long and dry finish with a mineral and saline sensation that makes it very tasty, with citrus notes in the aftertaste.”

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Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2018, 94 points: “The red 2018 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 7% Carmenere, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc that fermented in stainless steel, open vats and eggs and matured in French oak barrels, 65% of them new, for 22 months. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the wine has a fresh profile with 13.5% alcohol and a creamy texture with refined tannins and a long, dry and vibrant finish. This is a serious wine, somewhat a little shy, pure, balanced ad subtle, very complete and with integrated oak. It’s juicy but also fine and probably the best of the modern vintages so far. 64,193 bottles produced. It is bottled in three lots from a single master blend.”

KAI 2018, 93 points: “The 2018 Kai was produced with Carmenere and 5% Syrah from their Aconcagua vineyards 60 kilometers away from the sea. It has good ripeness, a medium to full body with 14% alcohol, integrated oak and a creamy texture after spending 22 months in French oak barrels, 67% of which were new. It keeps a riper varietal profile with generous spice and herbs, without heaviness and with fine tannins. 6,991 bottles were filled in February 2020.”

La Cumbre 2018, 93 points: “The 2018 La Cumbre is 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier à la Côte-Rôtie with a powerful and concentrated profile from a very good harvest that allowed them to get a ripe wine with 14% alcohol, good freshness and better integrated oak than in the past. The wine went through an aging in 15% Stockinger foudre and the rest in barrels, still 60% of them new. It has a juicy palate and moderate varietal character, coming through as soft and sleek with round tannins and a dry finish. 7,365 bottles were filled in February 2020.”

Villa Don Maximiano, 93 points: “The peachy, soft and velvety 2018 Villa Don Maximiano keeps the tradition of the founder of Errázuriz, Don Maximiano, but with a more modern and fresher profile through a blend of 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Syrah, 21% Malbec, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. It’s both powerful, ripe, elegant and fresh, quite aromatic and harmonious, easy to drink and understand. It’s a complex blend with some Mediterranean notes and a seamless palate with very fine tannins and a vibrant mouthfeel. It had a long aging in barrique and Stockinger foudres that lasted 22 months. 23,860 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020.”

Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2019, 95 points: “The 2019 Las Pizarras Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir from slate (pizarra) soils, is mellow and soft in this vintage. The grapes were picked early, between February 26th and 28th, and after a four- to five-day cold soak, they fermented in small open vats with 15% full clusters and 12 to 20 days of maceration. It’s perfumed and floral with notes of roses and red fruit and a faint twist of iron. It has structure and a chalky texture, with good depth. It’s long and tasty, with very fine tannins and a bitter twist in the finish. It matured in French oak barrels, 45% of them new, for 13 months.”

Las Pizarras Syrah 2018, 94+ points: “The 2018 Las Pizarras Syrah has strong varietal aromas of smoky bacon and violets and an herbal twist, with moderate alcohol (13.5%) and vibrant acidity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, some earthiness and a balanced mouthfeel with elegance and complexity. It fermented with more full clusters and matured in Stockinger oak foudres and 60% of the volume in barrique (15% new) for 16 months, and the oak is imperceptible. It’s juicy, with tension, varietal and a little more complete than the previous vintage and the finest produced so far. 6,718 bottles were filled in November 2019.”

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