Errazuriz

Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.2176 ratings
9.230 pro ratings
Aconcagua, Chile
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carménère
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Baking Spices, Exotic Spices, Chicken, Herbs, Turkey, Onion, Soft Cheese, Duck, Beans & Peas
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

The 2015 quality producer reds out of; Puente Alto, Maipo, Pirque and Aconcagua are strong considerations for your cellar or temp & humidity control cabinets. The fruit is sensational and the acidity is beautiful.

The nose is ripe, ruby floral and show slightly candied fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries. Some creamy raspberries, black cherry licorice/cola, dark semi-sweet soil, nice baking spices, cedar and fresh red & dark florals.

The body is gorgeous and full. The tannins are rounded, firm and gluey. The fruits are ripe, slightly candied and fresh. blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, some creamy raspberries, strawberries, black cherry licorice/cola, dark, nice herbal notes, semi-sweet dark soil, dry loamy top soils, dry stems, chewy leather, lighter baking spices than the nose, cedar and fresh red & dark florals.

Photos of; their tasting in the old Viña, two vistas from their property and the newer more modern Viña.

The 2015 quality producer reds out of; Puente Alto, Maipo, Pirque and Aconcagua are strong considerations for your cellar or temp & humidity control cabinets. The fruit is sensational and the acidity is beautiful.

The nose is ripe, ruby floral and show slightly candied fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries. Some creamy raspberries, black cherry licorice/cola, dark semi-sweet soil, nice baking spices, cedar and fresh red & dark florals.

The body is gorgeous and full. The tannins are rounded, firm and gluey. The fruits are ripe, slightly candied and fresh. blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, some creamy raspberries, strawberries, black cherry licorice/cola, dark, nice herbal notes, semi-sweet dark soil, dry loamy top soils, dry stems, chewy leather, lighter baking spices than the nose, cedar and fresh red & dark florals.

Photos of; their tasting in the old Viña, two vistas from their property and the newer more modern Viña.

Apr 24th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

While I definitely like to enjoy wines on the older side of old once in awhile, like the 1989, I thought this 1993 was still holding fresh(er) fruit vs. the 1989.

On the nose, rhubarb, spiced dates, notes of prunes, a little green pepper, black licorice, dark cherries, cherries, strawberries, blue fruit hues, black cherry cola, vanilla, rich dark semi/sweet soil, chalky soft minerals and fresh dark floral bouquet.

The body is medium. The palate still shows some firm, tarry and a little sticky tannins. rhubarb, spiced dates, notes of prunes, a little green pepper, light pepper, black licorice, dark cherries, cherries, strawberries, blue fruit hues, black cherry cola, vanilla, rich dark semi/sweet soil, tobacco with ash, chewy leather, chalky soft minerals and fresh dark floral bouquet with light violets on the palate edge. The acidity is round & gorgeous. The finish is leaner, ripe, elegant and lasts minutes.

Photos of; an example of the gravity system implemented at Errazuriz. This time into large oak vats for fermentation. The guest book at Errazuriz that we signed. The lounge part of their old tasting room. Estate vines on the side of the original Viña; which is now their tasting room.

While I definitely like to enjoy wines on the older side of old once in awhile, like the 1989, I thought this 1993 was still holding fresh(er) fruit vs. the 1989.

On the nose, rhubarb, spiced dates, notes of prunes, a little green pepper, black licorice, dark cherries, cherries, strawberries, blue fruit hues, black cherry cola, vanilla, rich dark semi/sweet soil, chalky soft minerals and fresh dark floral bouquet.

The body is medium. The palate still shows some firm, tarry and a little sticky tannins. rhubarb, spiced dates, notes of prunes, a little green pepper, light pepper, black licorice, dark cherries, cherries, strawberries, blue fruit hues, black cherry cola, vanilla, rich dark semi/sweet soil, tobacco with ash, chewy leather, chalky soft minerals and fresh dark floral bouquet with light violets on the palate edge. The acidity is round & gorgeous. The finish is leaner, ripe, elegant and lasts minutes.

Photos of; an example of the gravity system implemented at Errazuriz. This time into large oak vats for fermentation. The guest book at Errazuriz that we signed. The lounge part of their old tasting room. Estate vines on the side of the original Viña; which is now their tasting room.

Apr 24th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

It was a real treat when they poured this 1989 for us.

On the nose, cognac & brandy quality, eucalyptus, mint, just a little vegetal character, some prune notes, cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, plums, fig & dates, light caramel taffy, notes of saline, vanilla, and fresh and withered red florals.

The body is leaner medium. The palate shows; bright cherries. Black cherries, blackberries, black plum, soft powdery minerals & chalkiness, old tobacco leaf, black cherry cola, herbal notes, mint, eucalyptus used leather, dry crushed rocks, some rich dark soil, touch of cedar, waterfall acidity and leaner, long, ripe, elegant finish.

Photos of; the new modern cellar, the waterfall built into the stairs as walk through their modern cellar, another view of their Estate property and a wide shot of their beautiful old tasting room.

It was a real treat when they poured this 1989 for us.

On the nose, cognac & brandy quality, eucalyptus, mint, just a little vegetal character, some prune notes, cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, plums, fig & dates, light caramel taffy, notes of saline, vanilla, and fresh and withered red florals.

The body is leaner medium. The palate shows; bright cherries. Black cherries, blackberries, black plum, soft powdery minerals & chalkiness, old tobacco leaf, black cherry cola, herbal notes, mint, eucalyptus used leather, dry crushed rocks, some rich dark soil, touch of cedar, waterfall acidity and leaner, long, ripe, elegant finish.

Photos of; the new modern cellar, the waterfall built into the stairs as walk through their modern cellar, another view of their Estate property and a wide shot of their beautiful old tasting room.

Apr 24th, 2018
Garen Staglin

Perfectly balanced. Integrated. Much fruit. Many years to go

Perfectly balanced. Integrated. Much fruit. Many years to go

Mar 20th, 2018
David Singer

Sommelier/Wine Educator LibationEducation

9.2

Starts out a little tight/astringent and lots of pyrizine.
Opens up in 20mins. Tannin becomes silky with French oak, ripe blackberry, black plum/cherries and tobacco. Solid finish mod acid

Starts out a little tight/astringent and lots of pyrizine.
Opens up in 20mins. Tannin becomes silky with French oak, ripe blackberry, black plum/cherries and tobacco. Solid finish mod acid

Feb 21st, 2018
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2005 - cedar, classic, laurel. Juicy berries, very harmonious, great balance.

Vintage 2005 - cedar, classic, laurel. Juicy berries, very harmonious, great balance.

Nov 28th, 2017
Rob Mondavi

Owner/President of Winemaking Folio Fine Wine Partners

8.8

Tannins out of joint and not fully complete. Fruit is here but choppy.

Tannins out of joint and not fully complete. Fruit is here but choppy.

Oct 1st, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Deep purplish red. Dirtiness on the attack that dissipates quickly. Followed by a dark and juicy nose with sweet spices, cassis, graphite, black cherries, and light cigar box. Maybe even a touch metallic after an hour. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Layers of blue fruit to start then black cherries, earthiness, licorice, and gravel. A touch dry. Long and gritty finish. Drink till 2023.

Deep purplish red. Dirtiness on the attack that dissipates quickly. Followed by a dark and juicy nose with sweet spices, cassis, graphite, black cherries, and light cigar box. Maybe even a touch metallic after an hour. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Layers of blue fruit to start then black cherries, earthiness, licorice, and gravel. A touch dry. Long and gritty finish. Drink till 2023.

Jul 12th, 2017
Amy Morgan

If you don't believe that Chile is making interesting wines that have intense fruit and structure, take a look at this wine. Rich and lush with gorgeous black fruits (blackberries, black currants) blueberry pie, leather, dark chocolate, sage, toast and oak influences. This wine is full throttle, but the ripe tannins are balanced by the acidity. Not an ounce of green notes on this wine (my usual tell for chile) This wine could give Napa cabernet a run for its money....

If you don't believe that Chile is making interesting wines that have intense fruit and structure, take a look at this wine. Rich and lush with gorgeous black fruits (blackberries, black currants) blueberry pie, leather, dark chocolate, sage, toast and oak influences. This wine is full throttle, but the ripe tannins are balanced by the acidity. Not an ounce of green notes on this wine (my usual tell for chile) This wine could give Napa cabernet a run for its money....

2 people found it helpfulOct 22nd, 2015
Patrick Dolan

Wine is pretty old but holding up well. Very smooth and complex.

Wine is pretty old but holding up well. Very smooth and complex.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 12th, 2013