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2017 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve

Aconcagua Valley, CHILE
$135. 00 Bottle
$1620.00 Dozen
Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2025-2026)
ABV: 14%
Closure: Cork
A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 8% Carmenere, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Superb colour, inky black at its core with a deep bright dark red black hue. Pronounced blackcurrant, black olive and tobacco leaf aromas intermingle with hints of red liquorice, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Showing great elegance and finesse the palate features red to blackcurrant and mulberry fruits over a finely detailed back drop of tobacco, lightly dusted cedar and spicy dried herbs. Finishes fresh and refined with harmonious tannins providing structure and tension. Long elegant aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years.
Alc. 14%

Other Reviews….
Currants, flowers, sandalwood and crushed stone. Some cocoa. Medium to full body and linear, tight tannins. Bright and fresh. Energetic. Shows serious tension and focus. Excellent finish. Drink after 2022.
96 points

I like the austerity of the 2017 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve—it's more reserved than the 2016, more discrete and less aromatic, with a lot of power on the palate. 2017 is a structured vintage, and the challenge was to find elegance, freshness and balance, as the weather was warm and dry. It's a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 8% Carmenere, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc—a classical Chilean Bordeaux blend—with notes of black fruit, cassis and blackberry, serious and with better-integrated oak. They are very careful with the use of oak, using barrels that mark the wine less, especially in warm vintages, and using fewer new barrels. The wine has structure and tannin but also has the juiciness to balance it all. Drink 2020-2025.
93+ points
Luis Gutiérrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate