Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenere 2018

Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenere 2018

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The 2018 vintage of the MAX Carmenere displays a dull and deep violet color. On the nose, notes of black and red fruits, herbs and spiced character as roasted red bell pepper, rosemary and dill, all framed by soft notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. On the palate, appears notes of nuts, dark cherries and coffee. It shows good structure with elegant, fine grained tannins that give a silky texture on the palate.
Wine Advocate: 90
I had not tasted the Carmenere from the Max vineyards for a while until they presented the still-unbottled 2018 Max Reserva Carmenere. The grapes were hand picked early in the morning and went through a sorting table before being crushed and put in stainless steel to ferment. The wine matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, 30% of them new. It's intensely herbal and spicy, varietal and defined, with clean aromas and focused flavors. The palate is juicy and tender, with moderate acidity and a soft mouthfeel.
James Suckling: 92
Some bell-pepper notes here with blackcurrants and violets. The palate has a succulent, tangy feel with bright, ripe blackcurrant flavors and soft, pastry-like tannin. Special 150th anniversary edition. Drink or hold.