Viña Seña Red Blend 2020 (Aconcagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 98] [WA 97] [DM 95] [WE 95] [VM 94]

Viña Seña Red Blend 2020
(Aconcagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 98] [WA 97] [DM 95] [WE 95] [VM 94]

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About this Wine:
Seña was created as a joint venture between Chilean Eduardo Chadwick and American Robert Mondavi way back in 1995. Their aim was to make a wine that would demonstrate the full potential of Chile. Modelled on a Bordeaux style, it would have a Chilean soul, with its grapes grown under biodynamic farming principles in the Aconcagua Valley. Their dream was to create a wine that would be welcomed, in time, among the world's First Growths. 

Vintage Notes:
This warm vintage complemented with a precise irrigation enabled a rapid and even bud break on a regular date, showing early signs of a great wine. The warm temperatures allowed for good development in the vineyard, with early flowering in the spring. December and January continued with more moderate temperatures, allowing veraison to proceed beautifully under very healthy and homogeneous conditions. The milder conditions during February, influenced by the cool winds from the Pacific Ocean, helped preserve the acidity and aromatic compounds in the grapes. Temperatures rose again in March, resuming the season’s trend of high temperatures, determining a rich and opulent style for the wine. The deeply-rooted vines embraced our rich terrior, which farmed under biodynamic principles, delivered optimal amounts of minerals and nutrients. Precise canopy management was essential to encourage ventilation and embrace the sunny days to achieve a smooth ripening with concentrated compounds in the fruit, gaining the perfect balance between accumulation of sugars and phenolical maturity. As expected, harvest began seven days before the historic dates during the second week of March. 2020 was a vintage that produced very concentrated, powerful and exuberant wines according to the weather and terrior conditions. Our experienced team successfully produced a magnificent balanced and complex wine with uncommon layers of depth and structure as well as fine-grained, rounded tannins, displaying its elegance with fresh aromas, good acidity, and rich colour.

Tasting Notes:
"A deep and beautiful garnet-red colour with violet hues, the 2020 Seña presents complexity on the nose with multiple layers of fresh red-fruit aromas such as cherries and raspberries accompanied by violets and pleasing touches of dill and rosemary, all framed by light notes of sweet spices. The palate shows young fruits, more sweet spices, and smooth balsamic tones. It is fresh and juicy with elegant fine-grained tannins that create to a silky and pleasing sensation. The 2020 vintage of Seña shows elegance and balance with an ample and profound finish." -Francisco Baettig, Winemaker

Technical Information

Assemblage: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Petit Verdot

Ahlcool: 13.5%

Ageing: 22 months 90% French oak barrels (78% new) 10% foudre

Ratings & Reviews:

98 Points - James Suckling:
"Complex, with savory, spicy character, showing tobacco, salted plums, olives, black cherries, cassis and a hint of white pepper on the nose, followed by a refined, savory, balsamic accent. A full-bodied Seña with juicy fruit chiseling into the tight, extremely fine-grained tannins. Long, bright and still elegant from this warm vintage. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 15% carmenere and 7% petit verdot. A wine with lots of harmony now, but better to drink from 2025." (Apr 2022)

97 Points - Wine Advocate:
"The 2020 Seña is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 15% Carmenere and 7% Petit Verdot (a little higher in search of acidity) from grapes harvested early, the second week of March, and fermented mostly in stainless steel and 10% in concrete eggs. It has a moderate 13.5% alcohol and good freshness. It's subtle and layered, not only fruit but with more spice; it has polished tannins and very integrated oak after 22 months in barrique, 78% new, and with 10% of the volume in large Stockinger barrels. The warmer years seem to be nicely managed, so that it's not reflected in the ripeness but is more a matter of texture and quality of the tannins; in the warmer years, like 2017 or this 2019, the wines have a little more grip, but these are definitely finer than those from the 2017 vintage. This wine has intensity and complexity, with no mintiness or herbal notes; it's spicy and juicy, with energy and depth. It has structure, color, stuffing and acidity to develop nicely in bottle. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022." - Luis Gutierrez (Apr 2023)

95 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Beautiful fruit expression, clear and well defined, lovely texture, concentrated but smooth and round. This is full of sweet, juicy ripe fruits with a chalky, creamy texture underpinned by lifted acidity. It's bold and clearly powerful with a depth of ripe blackcurrants, black cherries, plums and raspberries alongside notes of freshly-cut flowers, herbs and sweet spices; rosemary, violets and cinnamon. Tannins are fine and well integrated and this feels well worked with finesse. Beautifully expressive - I like the styling here, everything feels very polished and purposeful. 7% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Ageing 22 months in French oak barrels (78% new) and 10% foudres." - Georgina Hindle (Jul 2022)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
V"iolets, ripe cherry and red-plum aromas are delicate. Light notes of cinnamon and dried herbs fill up the bouquet. This is one of Chile's iconic wines from a warm vintage in Aconcagua Valley that delivers good concentration of fruit on the ripe palate. Blackberry and cherry flavors are followed by light notes of oak spice. It has lively linear acidity and big tannins. It's good to drink now and promise a good future. Drink through 2030." - Jessica Vargas (Mar 2023)

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2020 Seña was made in another warm, early-ripening year further complicated by the restrictions that came with the COVID pandemic, which hindered decision-making in the vineyard. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 15% Carménère and 7% Petit Verdot, it was aged for 22 months, 90% in French barrels and the rest in foudres . A purplish garnet red, the intense, ripe nose presents notes of herb, blackcurrant and plum while in the mouth the rich balance gives a gentle boost channeled by firm but restrained tannins. Juicy and relaxed with nuanced flavor, it will improve in the bottle." - Joaquin Hidalgo (Aug 2022)