2016 Vina Almaviva (1.5L)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Puente Alto, Chile

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Attending the launch of a new wine project in 1998 called Almaviva, hosted by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild at SOBE's Delano Hotel – it wasn't clear what forces the wines of the Andes would bring to our wine world decades later. Most propitious was this collaboration; Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and the Chilean winery Concha y Toro – their flagship Don Melchor. Two decades later Almaviva is a darling of Chile. Momentum has been building but no longer a trend. Chile is turning out world-class wines: Wine of the Year (2017). Wine of the Decade (2017). Wine Spectator Top 100 (2015). 100 points (2015, 2017).

95WS #10 Top 100

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.

97 points, James Suckling (Dec 2018)

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.

95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Sep 2018)

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. 15,000 cases made.

95 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (May 2019)

#10 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019

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