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2021 Vina Almaviva Puente AltoBlend from Chile

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  • 98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 98 Colin Hay - The Drinks Business
  • 98 Tim Atkin, MW
  • 97 Jane Anson - Inside Bordeaux
  • 96+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 96 Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous Media
  • 96 Wine Spectator
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Ratings:

98

A fresh and discreet Almaviva with subtle pencil shavings and cigar box to the cassis and hints of chili chocolate and peppermint. Nuanced and subtle on the nose. This is medium-bodied and subtle on the palate with silky tannins in the seamless finish. Very long. 71% cabernet sauvignon, 22% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drinkable now, but it will take its time to deliver complexity.

98 Colin Hay - The Drinks Business

Maipo Valley; 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot; 15% alcohol). The original hors Bordeaux to be released through la place and still one of the absolute superstars of any September campaign. It does not disappoint. This is incredibly refined and yet gloriously and effusively expressive aromatically – even if one has the very palpable sense of so much more still to be revealed. There is a radiant fresh florality here this is wonderfully enchanting and that intermingles with the prominent graphite, pencil shaving and cedar notes and, of course, that deep, dark, rich, plump but soft berry and stone fruit. There’s cracked black and Szechuan peppercorns and even a little hint of chili. The gossamer tannins are phenomenally fine-grained and yet exude that chalky grippy-ness that is so essential to both the mouthfeel and the finely chiselled and highly contoured and pixilated character of the wine. Gloriously refined and the very epitome of Bordeaux craft and sophistication. Utterly charming and beguiling just like the Mozart opera and the Beaumarchais play after one of whose lead characters the wine is, of course, named

98 Tim Atkin, MW

Michel Friou compares the brilliant 2021 Almaviva to the 2018 and I think he’s right in terms of the quality and complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon that sits at this wine’s core, even if the tannins are a little ner and less extracted here. A wine that’s proudly Chilean, it’s a pan-regional cuvée that partners Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot om Puente Alto with 22% Carmenère Peumo. Cassis, mulberry and Mediterranean herb avours of fennel and lavender are amed by dely integrated new French oak, lots of texture and weight, bright acidity and minerality and a precise, focused nish. An impressive wine om one of the very best recent Chilean vintages. Drink 2028-40

97 Jane Anson - Inside Bordeaux

A stunning example of Almaviva, shot through with the generosity and restrained spice of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmanère in Puente Alto. Coffee bean, liquorice and cocoa set the tone on the opening beats, showing the restrained glamour that the partnership of SA Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha Y Toro do so well. Plenty of fruit here, majoring on blackcurrant and damson, with just enough brambled blackberry buds and autumn hedgerow adding a welcome note of both bitterness and fragrance, cutting through the sleek ripeness of the palate, excellent reflection of the balanced weather in the 2021 vintage, with no challenging heat spikes. Winemaker Michel Friou. 75% new oak.

96+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2021 was an overall cooler year than 2020, with more elegant wines with more finesse and less angular tannins. The sleek 2021 Almaviva is a good example of that, still very young and still marked by the élevage in oak after spending 20 months in French oak barrels, 71% of them new and the rest only second use. The final blend was 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carmenere (from Peumo), 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, a variety that might gain in percentage, as they have even planted some more with the idea to possibly replace Merlot in the medium or long term. It's not a shy wine, hitting the scale at 15% alcohol and with mellow acidity, 4.65 grams (tartaric) and a pH of 3.81 The fruit is dark, ripe and spicy, nothing green about it; it's a little shy, less expressive than the warmer years are early on and a little more discreet but with potential to develop in bottle. The tannins are still present, and it should benefit from some more time in bottle. The 2019 had more volume than the 2018, and the 2020 is closer to the 2019 than the 2018. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled between late January and early February 2023. I tasted it next to the 2020 and 2018, and it's closer to the latter; but this 2021 is more elegant, and 2018 is a little more austere and herbal.

96 Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous Media

The 2021 Almaviva is a blend primarily based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, but not limited to these, and was aged for up to 18 months in French barrels. Its color is garnet with a purple sheen. The enticing nose showcases blackberry, cassis marmalade, black and green pepper, ashes, camphor and cigar box aromas. Indulgent and rich on the palate, it carries taut, fine-grained tannins, velvet texture and balanced acidity, leading to a long, ripe finish. This bold and layered red wine reveals nuanced depth and richness on the palate, promising further development as it matures in the bottle.

96 Wine Spectator

A real head-turner, this detailed and nuanced red opens with notes of Mexican spiced chocolate and crème de cassis before revealing a sleek yet rich core, which is built around pepper and graphite-laced berry, cassis and damson plum flavors that fan out around fresh acidity. Reveals taut but well-integrated tannins, crescendoing harmoniously with elements of molasses and cocoa. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2043. From Chile.

Product Detail

Item # 137058
Country Chile
Region Central Valley
Sub-Region Colchagua
Ratings

98 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

98 - Colin Hay - The Drinks Business

98 - Tim Atkin, MW

97 - Jane Anson - Inside Bordeaux

96+ - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

96 - Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous Media

96 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2021
Color Red
ABV 15.0%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, mocha, herb, game, strawberry, raspberry, tobacco, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit
Nose currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, mocha, herb, game, strawberry, raspberry, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, leather and vanilla