90 pts Wine Advocate
The nose of the 2017 Axel Red Blend screams of Syrah, which is the main variety in the blend, which only contains some 4% Petite Sirah and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite the warmer conditions of 2017, the wine still maintains its freshness and poise, with a Mediterranean nose of aromatic herbs and black olives. It has a medium to full-bodied palate with abundant, fine-grained tannins. It was produced with fruit from Limarí and matured in oak foudres and barriques for 16 months. 12,300 bottles were filled in March 2019. Drink: 2020-2023
Rhône inspired blend with a dash of Bordeaux. Our Red Blend begins with Syrah for an intense base, body, and color. For added structure, we have added Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance the mid-palate, finishing off with a bit Sirah for a persistent silky-soft finish. The majority of the blend is grown in Limari Valley, a cool climate region bordering the Atacama Desert (the driest place in the world), Pacific Ocean, and Andes
Mountains. Axel is founded on the belief that through exploration come great wines.
This Red Blend has notes of blackberry jam and all spice, with sleek tannins and a sumptuous fruit finish.