Almaviva 2016 Bordeaux Blend, Puente Alto, Maipo

Almaviva 2016 Bordeaux Blend, Puente Alto, Maipo

97
James Suckling
95
Wine Spectator
95
Wine Advocate
95
Tim Atkin MW

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About Almaviva 2016 Bordeaux Blend, Puente Alto, Maipo

Almaviva is the joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Mouton Rothschild and Via Concha y Toro. A truly distinctive wine that has received nothing but exceptional accolades since its first vintage and proven to be worthy of standing along side the Baron's other great wines, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Opus One. Production is limited of this unique blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenere, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Peitit Verdot. Grapes are sourced from low yielding old vines and the wine is aged 16 Months, New French Oak. Egg white fining and no filtration. 


Wine Spectator selected this at their #10 Wine on their Top 100 of 2019. They scored it 95 points saying "Elegant, powerful and well-structured, with a refined mix of dark fruit, dried red fruit and spice flavors. Dried herbal notes emerge midpalate, with a minerally finish that is long and rich-tasting. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2025."


James Suckling scored this 97 points saying "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 Wine Advocate also scored it 95 points saying "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."


Tim Atkin also scored it 95 points saying "2016 was a challenging vintage for Almaviva, as it was for many Chilean producers, but Michel Friou has produced a delightful wine in a lighter style. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon with 24% Carmenère, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it's aromatic, spicy and quite forward with subtle mocha oak and raspberry and cassis flavours. 2020-26."

Wine Details

  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country Chile

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