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2021 Almaviva

$459.00
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A fresh and discreet Almaviva with subtle pencil shavings and cigar box to the cassis and hints of chili chocolate and peppermint. Nuanced and subtle on the nose. This is medium-bodied and subtle on the palate with silky tannins in the seamless finish. Very long. 71% cabernet sauvignon, 22% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drinkable now, but it will take its time to deliver complexity. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
98 POINTS
James Suckling

A fresh and discreet Almaviva with subtle pencil shavings and cigar box to the cassis and hints of chili chocolate and peppermint. Nuanced and subtle on the nose. This is medium-bodied and subtle on the palate with silky tannins in the seamless finish. Very long. 71% cabernet sauvignon, 22% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drinkable now, but it will take its time to deliver complexity.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Joaquin Hidalgo - Vinous

The 2021 Almaviva is a blend primarily based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, but not limited to these, and was aged for up to 18 months in French barrels. Its color is garnet with a purple sheen. The enticing nose showcases blackberry, cassis marmalade, black and green pepper, ashes, camphor and cigar box aromas. Indulgent and rich on the palate, it carries taut, fine-grained tannins, velvet texture and balanced acidity, leading to a long, ripe finish. This bold and layered red wine reveals nuanced depth and richness on the palate, promising further development as it matures in the bottle. 96/100” Joaquin Hidalgo, Vinous

Expert Review
94 POINTS
Luis Gutierrez - Wine Advocate

Their second wine, the 2021 Epu is from the same terroir and vineyard in Puente Alto as Almaviva but comes from the younger vines, around 12 years on average. In 2021, the blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carmenere and 5% Merlot (no Cabernet Franc this year). It has a ripe and heady nose, with 14.68% alcohol (15% on the label), mellow acidity and intense notes of red peppers, ripe blackberries and cassis and some spiciness from the oak. It matured for one year in French barriques, only 10% new and 90% second use. It has a little less structure and softer tannins, making it more approachable than previous years, a profile that seems to be the signature of the year. It's medium to full-bodied with velvety, more polished tannins, and it is more delicate and less concentrated, with more finesse. But I find these quite homogeneous and regular, this year with no raisins or dehydrated grapes, and in this vintage, it feels open and expressive. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2023. 94+/100” Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

This full-bodied wine, comprises a Cabernet-based blend that is brimming with blackcurrant, spiced tobacco and herbal notes.

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Winemakers Note

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. The 2021 vintage Weather conditions After a long period of drought during the previous cycle, the rains came back in winter to initiate the vintage 2021 with excellent auspices. The following months were totally dry, until it surprisingly rained at the end of January 2021, with 54 mm of rainfall at mid-veraison. We had then, fortunately, not any new rain until the end of the harvest. Spring was warm then Summer was cool, especially after the unexpected rain of January. The average summer temperature was 1°C lower than average, and 1,5°C lower than 2020. The cooler conditions from January to harvest generated an optimal ripening process, great fruit and freshness in the grapes, tension, length, and perfect balance in the wines. An exceptional and unique vintage with great acidity and persistency. Tasting notes Almaviva 2021 captivates with its deep ruby red brilliance and fresh, elegant, complex nose. An alliance of ripe fruit and subtle oral aromas dominates initially, before leaving place to ne notes of violet, licorice, ink and graphite. e juicy attack of ripe fruit such as raspberry and blackcurrant is well- balanced by a delicate structure and a ne texture of smooth and polished tannins, well coated with savors of vanilla and cocoa. e mouth is harmoniously balanced by a great acidity. Almaviva 2021 is an exquisite combination of freshness, elegance and balance, a faithful expression of an exceptional vintage.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: Aug 30th, 2024


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