Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile, South America
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Seña has a deep, violet-ruby color. The different grape varieties in the final blend contribute intense, highly complex aromas of fresh fruit, blueberries, raspberries, and elegant notes of tobacco, cocoa, and black pepper. The palate shows very good structure with superior acidity that adds a juicy freshness and helps to form a rich, elegant texture. Subtle hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla linger on the long finish. Delightful today, the wine will improve over the next few years. Decanting is suggested.
"The 2006 Sena is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, and the balance Carmenere and Cabernet Franc, all of the original Bordeaux grapes except Malbec. It was aged in new French oak for 18 months. It delivers a superb aromatic array of wood smoke, pencil lead, espresso, incense, blackcurrant, and blackberry. This is followed by a Pauillac-like, concentrated yet elegant wine with layers of spicy fruit, well-concealed structure, superb grip, and a fruit-filled, lengthy finish. Like a great vintage of Bordeaux, it will profit from a minimum of a decade of cellaring.
The Wine Advocate
"Ripe, smooth and pure, with aromas of asphalt, tobacco and cedar-lined cigar box along with dry, elevated fruit. The palate is balanced to a tee, with floral, fresh flavors of berry, cola, herbs and tobacco, Sena has been on a roll lately, and this vintage is entirely inviting, balanced and savory.
"Sleek and polished in style, with ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit layered with cocoa powder and sweet spice notes. There's a lingering mocha edge on the fleshy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2011. 200 cases imported."
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