Errazuriz Kai Carmenere 2013 Wine Review
Errazuriz Kai Carmenere 2013
Valle del Aconcagua, Chile
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Bottle size: 750 ml
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|Mymi Thesingingsommelier - Sommelier, FWS rated this wine as 95/100 with the following review:|
Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 and he was the first to plant French grape varieties in the Aconcagua Valley, Chile.
His initiative and creativity were handed down to future generations and, in just over a century, his descendants consolidated the winery and positioned their wines among the world’s most noteworthy.
Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to lead this exceptional estate. An industrial engineer by profession, he joined the administration of Viña Errázuriz after graduating from University. He learned viticulture and winemaking from his father and later studied in Bordeaux.
Celebrating their 145th anniversary this year (2015), the future is looking bright for Errazuriz, even Mr. Robert Parker agrees: “In my opinion, what this estate will produce in the next twenty years will completely surpass the previous twenty years.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Kai is a blend of 90% Carménère, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Syrah. The grapes are sourced from the best plots of Errazuriz’s Max Vineyards in the Alcacongua Valley. In the words of Mr. Chadwick “Carménère is considered a controversial varietal because people either love it or not. It is however the identity of Chile and when given a chance, it has a teddy-bear effect”. In my humble opinion, this is a wine not to be missed, full of intrigue and deliciousness.
Very deep purple in color with lots of thick legs painting the inside of the glass.
The nose is very bold and fragrant. Ripe red fruit, dark cacao, fresh black licorice and a hint of Masala spices bring a beautiful balance to Carménère’s characteristically leafy aromas.
On the palate, it is sensual and intense. Dry, spicy and daring with earthiness and a hint of Lowney’s cherry blossom chocolate and crushed fennel seeds. Vibrant acidity complements bold tannins and end in a stupendously sultry finish.
Like we say in French, this is definitely a “coup de Coeur”.
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