Wine Advocate: 96+
James Suckling: 99
Wine Spectator: 94
Anotnio Galloni: 94
Type: Red Wine
Grapes Varieties: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
Packing: Original Wooden Case of 6 bottles
Production: 8000 Cases
(JS=99) The aromas of blackberries, cedar, sandalwood and black tea are compelling. Black olives. Rosemary and sage undertones. Full-bodied, rich and powerful Sena with impressive and powerful tannins, yet harmony and balance. Fruit-forward. Lightly chewy. Fresh and energetic wine in a hot year. Broad-shouldered. Drink after 2022.
(RP=96+) They explained how the 2017 Sena was produced with "grapes that were handpicked in the morning and transported to the winery in 12-kilogram boxes for a careful inspection on a double sorting table. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 31 degrees Celsius (77 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the variety and the level of extraction desired. Three pump-overs were carried out daily during fermentation to rotate the volume of the tank 0.5 to 1.5 times. Total maceration time ranged from 15 to 30 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Carmenere and eight to 12 days for the Petit Verdot, according to the development of each block vinified. The final blend was racked to French oak barrels (67% new) and aged for 22 months, during which time malolactic fermentation and stabilization occurred naturally." They harvested early and managed to keep the same alcohol level as the 2016. This has less aromatic exuberance and is a more serious vintage with good concentration and weight, not as aerial as the 2016. They increased the amount of wine matured in larger 2,500-liter foudres instead of barrique. This is more powerful, structured and concentrated, like a drier version of the 2015, with some grainy tannins, more acidity, more austerity and less primary fruit. The tannins have some grip (the earlier harvest perhaps?) and might need a little bit of time in the bottle, and the wine seems to have what it takes to develop nicely in the bottle. They produced 120,000 bottles of this. It was bottled in February and March 2019. Just for the record, the varietal breakdown is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, reflecting a good year for Carmenere and Cabernet Franc.
(AG=94) Seña 2017 is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 15% Carménère, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot from Aconcagua that spent 22 months in 70% new oak. On the nose, it has expressive young violets, liquorice and mint while it is powerful and juicy on the palate with fine tannins, a rough texture and a provocative finish. Will improve in the bottle.
(WS=94)A chiselled red, with concentrated minerality and white pepper accents to the crisp and pure-tasting plum, cherry and raspberry flavours. Rich sea salt and savoury herbal notes emerge midpalate, leading to a finish that lingers with cedar and cigar box nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2027. 8,000 cases made.
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