Wine Advocate: 92+ points
The Merlot-based blend 2011 Laberinto Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon also contains some Cabernet Franc (14%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (12%), all from slope vineyards planted 20 years ago. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in cement vats for some 22 to 25 days with indigenous yeasts, and the wine went through malolactic and matured in well seasoned French oak barrels for some 14 months. 2011 was a cool and late harvest, and the wine shows abundant aromas of blood and fresh meat with something earthy, almost metallic (iron), graphite, serious with austerity, and with little aromas of fruit. The previous vintages had more Cabernet, but since 2011, Tirado changed it and there is a majority of Merlot (almost 75% in this case) from then onward. The palate shows great balance; it is fresh, elegant and serious with very fine tannins, great acidity and only 13.2% alcohol. A new level for this wine, which might change the idea you have of Merlot in Chile. Super! 6,000 bottles produced.