Here is a quick post for attending the official launch of 2014 Almaviva and the tasting of 2003,2008 and 2014 in HK few days ago led by Andres Ballesteros, the Commercial Director APAC of Almaviva.
I don’t have a habit to post every tasting events, however, I should record this for my own future references as am sure there will be more to come for this delicious wine, especially I had a vertical of Almaviva with their wine maker last year in Bordeaux for their 1997, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013, which really were impressive.
Almaviva, the Primer Orden in Chile – a Grand Cru Classé equivalent among Chilean wines (putting it in Bordeaux terms if that is easier for some) with “One Château, one wine” concept, one criticism always levelled at almaviva is their overpricing, e.g their 2003 and 2008 are around at 90-110 Gbp a bottle, while with winery responses are that in many comparative tasting it fares well again more expensive Bordeaulais or Californians. From my many occasion of Almaviva tastings and dinners, I am a big fan and Almaviva is certainly of top quality with good character consistency that justify a premium price, one of best from Chile and even in world. Anyone if you have a chance to taste, especially those whom may have some preconceptions about Chilean wine, Almaviva will makes you stop and rethink.
Harvest April 15-May 5
73% Cabernet Sauvignon carmenere 24% Cabernet franc 3%
Inky ruby with slight bluish on rim. Powerful profound nose with violet black currents. Sweet on entry with good salinity. Massive with good depth. Blackcurrant black berries balance with good tannins needs more time for even more silkier finish. Elegantly delicious./ 96
Almaviva 2008 magnum
Harvest April 21-May 17 (around 24-5brix degree)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon carmenere 26% Cabernet franc 8%
Camenere allows the wine to be smoother (lacks acidity ) While its Cab franc gives acidity a silkiness. Coffee nose with good licorice. Fresh acidity with pure blue berries and black currants silky tannins. Quite elegant. /92
68% Cabernet Sauvignon carmenere 22% Cabernet franc 8% rest petite Verdot (give sole complexity )
Harvest April 1-May 28
Great expressive deep red fruits blueberries with vanilla coffee nose. Immediate enjoyable juiciness on entry. Red and blue fruits, chocolate with great style of ripe tannins and a bit of spicy peppery kick. For the moment is a very expressive fruit forward one yet it will be long lived ./ 94
Almaviva was established in 1996 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton-Rothschild and Concha y Toro. Their aim was to create the first Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé equivalent in Chile.
Located in the Maipo Valley, in Chile’s central zone, Puente Alto was recognized over twenty years ago as offering ideal conditions for growing the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. It is here that 85 hectares have been reserved exclusively for Almaviva.
Characteristic features of Puente Alto include its stony soil, cold, rainy winters, and the hot days and cool nights of its summers. A revolutionary underground drip irrigation system has been installed, making it possible to deliver the precise amount of water that each vine needs with a constant concern for quality.