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Chile's Seña Begins Using Own Vineyard With 2002 Vintage

The red blend from a Mondavi-Errázuriz joint venture will now be able to rely on its own grapes rather than using Errázuriz wines.

James Molesworth
Posted: April 26, 2002

Seña, the high-end Chilean joint venture between Viña Errázuriz and California's Robert Mondavi Corp., will begin using grapes from its own vineyard starting with the recently completed 2002 harvest, which initial reports indicate is an excellent vintage in that region.

The new vineyard -- located in the Aconcagua Valley, west of Errázuriz -- was first planted in 1999, and currently consists of more than 50 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Plans are to plant another 85 acres of red varieties, including Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Seña, a red blend that debuted with the 1995 vintage, had been drawn from selected lots of Viña Errázuriz wines, but the joint-venture agreement allowed it to use only up to 50 percent of any one particular lot.

While the 1995 Seña scored 88 points on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale, the 1996 (92 points), 1997 (91) and 1999 (90) vintages have established it as one of Chile's top wines.

There are also plans to build a separate winery within the next five years for Seña, which is currently being made at Viña Errázuriz's facility.

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