MAX Pinot Noir 2018
Hailing from a daring planting nearly 15 years ago of vineyards fewer than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, MAX Pinot Noir is a stunning expression of Pinot Noir that we believe makes it one of the highest quality, most interesting, and most original Pinot Noirs available at its price from anywhere in the world.
Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.
The grapes that go into the MAX Pinot Noir come from cool climate vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley which are located in the western end of the valley and are noted for the Pacific Ocean’s cool breezes and early morning fog. The special conditions of nutrition and drainage of the diverse soils help control plant vigor, producing balanced fruit loads with small bunches and berries.
Grapes were hand-picked, double sorted, destemmend and crushed, then placed in open top stainless steel tanks. The grapes cold macerated for 14 to 25 days before fermentation. The wine was racked in French oak barrels (15% new) where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 11 months.
The unforgettable 2018 season in Aconcagua Costa will be remembered as one of the coldest on recorded in this vineyard, with a heat summation 15% lower than historic averages, mainly concentrated during the months that preceded the harvest. The absence of rain from November to April provided the ideal conditions for a slow and steady ripening process. From May to October, there was a period of rain that was more abundant than usual. January, February and March were colder, especially the two first months of the year. March stepped in with blue skies, providing plenty of sunny days that provided the ideal conditions for the grapes to finish their ripening process on time and in excellent conditions.
Aromas of cherries, raspberries and rose hips are complemented with soft touches of tobacco and earthy notes. On the palate the wine is juicy, predominated by red fruit characteristics and is accompanied by delicate balsamic notes. A wine of great balance, structure, elegant tannins and length.
Environmentally friendly processes include using gravity instead of pumps to move wine, controlling temperatures with wind in underground ducts to avoid use of air conditioning, and using solar panels and special window glass to save energy.
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Wine Advocate (90+) - "The 2018 Max Reserva Pinot Noir was produced with gapes from Aconcagua and has 13% alcohol and very good freshness. 2018 was a very good year in the zone, and the grapes were very healthy. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 15% of them new. It follows the Max Reserva style of approachability, with clean varietal aromas and a touch of creamy oak, making it a slightly more commercial range. It's quite primary and young, with good ripeness, round tannins and juicy fruit."
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