Viña Almaviva Puente Alto DO 2019 [1.5L] (Maipo Valley, Chile) - [[DM 98] JS 97] [WA 95+] [WS 93]

Viña Almaviva Puente Alto DO 2019 [1.5L]
(Maipo Valley, Chile) - [[DM 98] JS 97] [WA 95+] [WS 93]

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About this Wine:
Almaviva is a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha y Toro based in Chile's Maipo Valley. The Bordeaux-style blend, combining Cabernet Sauvignon with Carmenére and Cabernet Franc, is one of Chile's most prestigious wines. Its first vintage was in 1996.

Tasting Notes:
Deep attractive ruby color.  The nose is pure, precise and focused, revealing delicate and fine aromas of raspberry, cassis, blackberry, and wild strawberry, associted to subtle notes of liquorice, coffe, ink, and earth.  

The wine is juicy and voluminous, filling the mouth with polished and smooth tannins, leaving an overall impression of harmony, length and persistence.  Its great structure and density are well-balanced by good acidity, characteristic of the great terroir of Puento Alto that aligns ripeness and freshness in this superb and exceptional vintage.

Varietal Composition:
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot

Barrel Ageing:
18 month in New French Oak

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha y Toro in Puente Alto, Almaviva excels with its Bordeaux-inflected reds created by Michel Friou. Its 2019 cuveé – 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere, and the rest made up of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot – enjoyed an extraordinary year resulting in a fragrant nose of dark fruit, lavender, eucalyptus, blackcurrant and cigar box aromas. The refined palate has a fresh core and velvety feel." - Alejandro Iglesias (Jan 2022)

97 Points - James Suckling:
"The aromas of iodine and blackcurrants with roses and lavender make the wine extremely perfumed. It’s full-bodied with a tight, fine-tannined palate that shows linear flow through the center palate. It’s vertical and integrated, adding depth and serious quality to the wine." (5/21/2021)

95+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2019 Almaviva is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenère (from Peumo), 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot, higher in Carmenere and reflecting a warmer and drier vintage when then bottled wine reached 15% alcohol. It fermented with destemmed grapes in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels, 75% of them new, for 18 months. Here, the Carmenere adds herbal freshness and changes the aromatic profile when compared with the 2019 Epu. 2019 was a good year for Carmenere, which suffers in extremely warm years like 2017, but in moderately warm years like 2019, the variety displays that herbal character and has good density. It's full-bodied and round, with saturated tannins, tasty, spicy and long, with a dry, serious finish. It's balsamic, with notes of camphor and a silky and velvety texture. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2021." - Luis Gutierrez (8/31/2021)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"  Balances elegant floral plum and cherry flavors against a well-structured frame of bitter olive, tobacco and savory notes, which persist from a push of fresh acidity. Ends with dark chocolate and espresso notes and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2028. 15,000 cases made, 2,400 cases imported." - MW (May 2022)