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Dry earthy aromas of black fruits are subtle and calm, not loud, oaky or overtly herbal or spicy. A bit of clamp is found on a firm palate, while this Bordeaux blend tastes of spicy, lightly herbal plum and berry fruits. A steady thorough finish feels right. Drink through 2022.
Two vintages were ready for tasting, as the 2011 Erasmo had already been in bottle since January 2013. The blend was similar to 2011, but it contained a pinch of Syrah on top of the majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, which is the variety that sees a substantial increase. This is always a Bordeaux blend. When the first vintage -- 2001 -- was released, there was hardly any blends in Chile and most of the wines were varietal wines. The idea was to show the potential of terroir through blending varieties and removing the strong varietal character from the wine. This 2011 has nice roundness and at the same time, seems to have a little more acidity than 2010; it feels more accessible within it's serious, slightly strict profile.
Best wine ever from here after 10 years. Full body, velvety tannins and a rich yet refined finish. Such balance and beauty. Wet earth, berry and cedar too. Certified organic. Natural yeast fermentations. Cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and a little syrah.
Earthy, smoky berry and cherry aromas are distinctly leathery and lightly herbal. This feels tight and bold, with cutting acidity. Flavors of toasty oak, herbal plum and black peppercorn finish long, due to blazing residual acidity. In fact, this is a sharp rendition of Erasmo that's not likely to get any more friendly than it currently is. Drink through 2025.
The 2010 Erasmo varies its composition slightly from vintage to vintage, and in 2010 it was mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from Maule; it matured in used French barriques for 18 months. Compared with the 2011, this 2010 is more serious and austere, with rectitude and balance, a subtlety in its aromas and a nice precision in the palate. This is a vintage that should age for a very long time in bottle.