The full name of this Founder's Reserve is quite a mouthful, and should be: It's one of Chile's finest luxury wines, as suave and elegant as I've tried. Impeccably bred, the Don is as long and distinguished as many Bordeaux. A beautifully balanced meritage of classic grapes, graceful, sleek with all the deep purple, blueberry and violets of the Medoc. Don Maximiano brought the first French vines to Aconcagua almost 150 years ago. His successors pioneered Chile's first world-class icons like Sena, Arboleda, Caliterra and Vinedos Chadwick and this beautiful Founder's Reserve. Eduardo Chadwick, the fifth generation leader, has put them up successfully against top growths from Bordeaux and Tuscany in big-deal challenges in Berlin and Beijing, kind of like the American challengers in Paris. The Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve comes from the winery's original cool heartland and has the style and character of a real aristocrat.
Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor
The 2007 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Syrah that spent 20 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it surrenders an enticing nose of toasty new oak, graphite, scorched earth, cinnamon, clove, violets, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate, it reveals a suave personality that combines elegance and power. Impeccably balanced, it has the structure to evolve for 4-6 years and should provide pleasure through 2027.
94+ points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (December 2010)
(includes 6% each of shiraz , petit verdot and cabernet franc) Bright violet. Smoky red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote and a sexy oak component on the expressive nose. Supple and fine-grained, with seductive viscosity to the spicy dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors. Dense but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and spiciness. Already delicious but I'd hold onto this one for at least another five years.
92 points - Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Mar/Apr 2010)
Rich and ripe, with nicely polished focus to the mocha, tobacco, mulled currant and fig notes, all backed by coffee and dark licorice notes on the lengthy finish. There's nice underlying grip. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2011. 100 cases imported.
90 points - Wine Spectator (May 2010)
Deep and dense wine, with beet, floral and black fruit aromas. The palate offers good acidity, balance, richness and complexity, while the flavor profile of raspberry, plum and dry herbs is attractive. Finishes mildly toasty, with a hint of herbs and tomato. Best from 2011–14.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast (May 2010)