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2020 Epu By AlmavivaBlend from Chile

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  • 94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 94 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 93 Wine Spectator
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Ratings:

94

Lots of finely roasted sweet spice and roasted sesame to the blackberries, cassis and iron, together with hints of blue fruit and cured meat. A medium-to full-bodied palate, filled with rather generous sweet berries. Fleshy, supple and savory with quite fine-grained tannins and a long finish. First year with 10% new wood. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 12% carmenere, 5% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Already delicious, but can hold, too.

94 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The current release of their second wine is the 2020 Epu. It's selected from the same terroir and vineyard in Puente Alto, one of the most reputed places for Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile, but from the younger vines (five- to 20-year-old vines) and harvested a little earlier to preserve acidity and fruit. In the warm and dry 2020 vintage, the wine was produced with a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Carmenere, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, usually higher in Cabernet and lower in Carmenere than Almaviva. It has red ripe berries, the textbook blackberries and cassis and some creamy oak. It's ripe at 14.8% alcohol and has mellow acidity, good freshness and balance, with a pH of 3.71 and 4.8 grams of acidity (tartaric). It matured for 12 months in French barriques, 10% new and 90% second use. The wine has a bright nose with a clean note of baked "morrón" peppers intermixed with red berry compote. It has a velvety plate with the luxurious texture of the modern Bordeaux, with abundant, slightly dusty tannins. It's approachable and round but should reward some time in bottle. This is a pretty serious Epu. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled at the end of 2021 and the first days of 2022. This is the second vintage sold through the Place de Bordeaux négociant system.

93 Wine Spectator

Shows lovely floral blueberry and loam notes up front, while the fleshy core of concentrated blackberry and cassis grabs your attention and lingers nicely around saline and iron notes. Ends with firm, dusty tannins and hints of dark chocolate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2033. 3,500 cases made, 500 cases imported.

Product Detail

Item # 130860
Country Chile
Region Central Valley
Sub-Region Colchagua
Ratings

94 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

94 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

93 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2020
Color Red
ABV N/A
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
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