As I've said before, miracles shall always abound: I'll admit that I really did like Mondavi's and Chadwick's high end Chilean wine, Seña 1999! It weighed in at a hefty 14% abv and a bloody high price (aka, will I eat for the rest of the month having recently bought another bloody expensive wine?) of 48€. It is a predominantly Cab S (75%) blend with Merlot (16%) and Carmenère (9%) mixed in. It will surely be a surprise that I bought it to anyone who has an idea of my preferences in wine. But I had tasted the 1998 in a recent tasting of top Chilean wines and that had been by far my favourite wine of the tasting. Also today I needed something that would appeal to a wide range of tastes: from the big and fruity to the lovers of the lean and mean and green (mmmm!). This worked and was liked by all as it was a genuinely good compromise.
The colour is very dark. But it is not purple, but red.
The nose has that strange and strangely attractive scent that I think is called bell pepper (though not reminiscent of bell pepper IMO) in our jargon. It isn't overpowering, though, so I don't want to draw attention to it as I've seen it used mostly as a negative descriptor. There is a nice vegetality to the scent and much ripe and sweet fruit - but that is balanced by the savoury notes I mentioned.
The palate is sweet, but moderately tannic and acidic. It is big certainly, too big for my tastes, but it is well balanced - that I have to admit. It is incredibly long also with the lovely vegetal note a lovely counterpoint to all the fruit.
One thing I have noticed about Chilean wines, this one included, is that they all tend to have Cassis. And I don't mean cassis like in Bordeauxs, but Cassis which is almost a parody of itself. That mixed to the ripe fruit is a give away in blind tastings. I have heard speculations that it is caused by a type of yeast used in these wines. Is there any truth to the speculations? Is there a yeast that causes a parody of the Cabernet smell? Or is it terroir?
-Otto- (wondering if it is only Suvi's return that made me like this wine so much....)
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.