2018 errazuriz, vinedo chadwick, maipo valley
Why We're Buying
Errazuriz Viñedo Chadwick is a groundbreaking wine. The 2014 vintage became the first Chilean wine to earn a perfect score, helping put the estate on the map. Wine James Suckling wrote, "Perhaps a sign of Chile truly coming of age is the 100-point rating in this report of the pure Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Viñedo Chadwick. This is a wine that defines the greatness of Chile with a purity, structure and finesse that competes with the best reds of the world."
The aromas show blackcurrant, pine-tree, violet and light spearmint character. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fine, creamy tannins. Hints of currants and fresh herbs. Extremely long and layered.
The 2018 Viñedo Chadwick is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot from the Chadwick vineyard in Puente Alto, and was aged for 22 months in four-fifths new barrels and the rest foudres. Crisp violet in hue. The precise, subtle nose offers pure red fruit notes along with sour cherry, black currant, black tea and hints of mint and pepper. Juicy on the palate, displaying accomplished balance; the tannins are fine-grained with a solid volume that gets a little kick of freshness at the end, enhancing the depth of flavor. A classic wine executed with a watchmaker’s attention to detail.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It’s vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I’d wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too.