2019 Epu By AlmavivaBlend from Chile
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- 94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 93+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93 Wine Spectator
94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and fresh flowers. Very cool and pure. Medium-bodied with fine, linear and very integrated tannins that are compressed and silky-textured. New second wine of Almaviva. Needs time to open. Try after 2024.
93+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The first truly international release of the second wine is going to be the 2019 Epu, which has changed image and label, looking a little more like Almaviva, and is going to be sold through the Bordeaux négoce. 2019 was a very dry vintage, and the blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc with slightly higher alcohol than 2018 and with lower acidity, matured in used barriques for one year. In terms of freshness, the wine is quite similar to the 2018 that I tasted next to it, obviously a little younger, quite intense and fruit-driven, spicy and herbal, with a creamy texture and fine-grained tannins. It's a second wine, but they also want to do something different and Epu is perhaps a little more classical, perhaps this is more Bordeaux and Almaviva is more Chilean. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2020 and January 2021.
93 Wine Spectator
This red offers ripe plum and cherry cordial flavors up front, revealing layers of nuance as it unfolds, including intriguing orange zest, Calabrian chili and olive notes. Presents a fresh, minerally acidity midpalate that pushes all the flavors to the finish, with zesty but firm tannins and echoes back to the opening flavors. Shows tremendous length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028. 3,500 cases made, 500 cases imported. #91 TOP 100 WS 2022 -
94 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
93+ - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, mocha, herb, game, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, mocha, herb, game, strawberry, raspberry, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|