A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021. Read more
A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021.
The 2016 harvest was complicated by rain in late April, which made them hurry up and finish two weeks earlier than normal. The year was also cooler, and the 2016 Almaviva, a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenère, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot has less alcohol at 13.9% compared to 15% in 2014. The élevage was shortened to 16 months, and they decreased the percentage of new French barrels used—down to 77% from the 82% in the previous year. The wine is fresher and less marked by the oak, a more fluid version, with fine tannins. This is a little different, a lighter and fresher year. It was a very dry winter, complicated by rains. I found very good harmony and fine tannins, balance and freshness in one of the most elegant vintages I remember from Almaviva. This has contained power, very accessible tannins and no green notes at all. It's young but accessible and should develop nicely in bottle, as it has the balance and freshness. This is an elegant and fresh vintage for Almaviva, young and tender, taking advantage of the natural conditions for it. Well done! 180,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017. I sat down with winemaker Michel Friou to taste the last two releases from Almaviva, from 2015 and 2016. These are two very different years, and as usual, the comparative tasting brought out the differences in the wines in a more clear way.
Ruby with some evolution at the rim. Well rounded and rich with excellent balance. Riper and broader than a Bordeaux and with no suggestion of green. Good balance, refreshing, and ready to broach already. Drink 2018-2027 18/20
- Producer: Almaviva
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot
- Region: Maipo Valley
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2016
Style GuideLight Intense
Almaviva, two cultures, one great wine In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., and Don Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A., sealed a profound alliance, with a view to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean premium wine called Almaviva. Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties Almaviva is the result of an encounter between two cultures. Chile contributing with its nature, soil, climate and vines, while France contributes with its winemaking know-how, elegance and traditions. Puente Alto offers ideal conditions for growing the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Characteristic features of Puente Alto include its stony soil, cold winters, and the hot days and cool nights of its summers.
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