Viña Almaviva S.A.

Almaviva Puente Alto Red Blend

9.3639 ratings
9.288 pro ratings
Chile
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Andrew Harris

Wow... Big everything and yet So so balanced.

Wow... Big everything and yet So so balanced.

Mar 15th, 2020
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9.4

A Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with 23% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot from Puente Alto, Maipo that spent 19 months in French barrels. Reflecting a warm, dry year, the nose presents notes of black currant and raspberry jam, black tea leaves and sweet spices with a touch of kirsch. Gentle on the palate with firm, pleasant tannins, a loose structure, bold flavor and intriguing expression. A hint of menthol makes itself felt at the back of the mouth. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020)

A Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with 23% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot from Puente Alto, Maipo that spent 19 months in French barrels. Reflecting a warm, dry year, the nose presents notes of black currant and raspberry jam, black tea leaves and sweet spices with a touch of kirsch. Gentle on the palate with firm, pleasant tannins, a loose structure, bold flavor and intriguing expression. A hint of menthol makes itself felt at the back of the mouth. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020)

Mar 12th, 2020
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9.3

A Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 24% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from Puente Alto, Maipo, aged for 18 months in barrels and clay vats due to the hot year. The usual local black currant flavors are present, along with maraschino cherry. Complex, with clear influence from the oak, this is an alcoholic wine with a firm structure and taut feel. A serious-minded balance between freshness and flavor allows it to breathe pleasantly. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020)

A Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 24% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from Puente Alto, Maipo, aged for 18 months in barrels and clay vats due to the hot year. The usual local black currant flavors are present, along with maraschino cherry. Complex, with clear influence from the oak, this is an alcoholic wine with a firm structure and taut feel. A serious-minded balance between freshness and flavor allows it to breathe pleasantly. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020)

Mar 12th, 2020
Joe D'Angelo

Viña Almaviva has earned the status as one of Chile’s most prestigious wines, and the 2014 certainly possesses the qualities to live up to that esteemed reputation. This utterly captivating blend includes 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carmenère, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which spent 18 months in new French oak. Displaying an impressive dark, inky color, this sensational red blend opens to profound aromatics of ripe blackberries and dark currants woven together with spices and cigar box, underlined by savory herbs, roasted coffee and dark chocolate nuances, which all beautifully take shape together. Full-bodied and remarkably structured this continues to impress with its remarkable depth and concentration, as layers of ripe dark fruits are framed by exotic spices. This continues to impress, as it shows excellent poise through the long multidemsional finish. While its pedigree is already quite apparent, this will demand at least a few years of bottle age before it will hit its stride. Nevertheless a sensational, age-worthy wine, which will thrive in the cellar for many years to come

Viña Almaviva has earned the status as one of Chile’s most prestigious wines, and the 2014 certainly possesses the qualities to live up to that esteemed reputation. This utterly captivating blend includes 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carmenère, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which spent 18 months in new French oak. Displaying an impressive dark, inky color, this sensational red blend opens to profound aromatics of ripe blackberries and dark currants woven together with spices and cigar box, underlined by savory herbs, roasted coffee and dark chocolate nuances, which all beautifully take shape together. Full-bodied and remarkably structured this continues to impress with its remarkable depth and concentration, as layers of ripe dark fruits are framed by exotic spices. This continues to impress, as it shows excellent poise through the long multidemsional finish. While its pedigree is already quite apparent, this will demand at least a few years of bottle age before it will hit its stride. Nevertheless a sensational, age-worthy wine, which will thrive in the cellar for many years to come

Oct 29th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2016 Almaviva Cabernet Sauvignon is a seductive, dense and chewy effort from this historic project in Chile. Aromatically a bit reticent and needing some time in the decanter to unwind, this beautiful Cabernet slowly unveils exotic spice aromas that parade with suggestions of creme de cassis, green bell pepper, and huckleberry pie. The silky mouthfeel really entices and captivates the senses. While obviously rich, this has a brightness and good sense of minerality that runs through the core of intense dark fruit, milk chocolate, pipe tobacco and dried herbal flavors that all push the envelope in intensity and decadence. While a delight to enjoy at this stage in its development, the 2016 Almaviva Cabernet Sauvignon will cellar well for the next two decades. Drink 2019-2038- 96

The 2016 Almaviva Cabernet Sauvignon is a seductive, dense and chewy effort from this historic project in Chile. Aromatically a bit reticent and needing some time in the decanter to unwind, this beautiful Cabernet slowly unveils exotic spice aromas that parade with suggestions of creme de cassis, green bell pepper, and huckleberry pie. The silky mouthfeel really entices and captivates the senses. While obviously rich, this has a brightness and good sense of minerality that runs through the core of intense dark fruit, milk chocolate, pipe tobacco and dried herbal flavors that all push the envelope in intensity and decadence. While a delight to enjoy at this stage in its development, the 2016 Almaviva Cabernet Sauvignon will cellar well for the next two decades. Drink 2019-2038- 96

Sep 30th, 2019
TJ Maxwell

Nice. Structured and powerful

Nice. Structured and powerful

Apr 12th, 2019
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.3

Super surprising. Super young. This is a hell of a wine. One for the cellar. Such opulent fruit complimented by such purity and lift. Damn this is awesome

Super surprising. Super young. This is a hell of a wine. One for the cellar. Such opulent fruit complimented by such purity and lift. Damn this is awesome

Dec 3rd, 2018
ADAM STROMFELD

Black dark fruit and tight this baby is young but killer paired with A5 Wagu ok sick good!! Cooked meat and pure big elegance!

Black dark fruit and tight this baby is young but killer paired with A5 Wagu ok sick good!! Cooked meat and pure big elegance!

Apr 14th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The 15 might be their best bottle to date. It certainly has all the pedigree in time. JS gave this a 💯...one of three in Chile for 2015.

On the nose; a little funkiness, ripe, ruby fruits of; dark currants & cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, dark plum, plum, creamy raspberries and a touch of strawberries. Incense, black tar, black licorice, dark dry and fresh florals.

The body full but not as full as 07 & 12. The fruits are gorgeously ripe. The wine is still very fresh. The tannins are nicely rounded & just a touch sticky. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and strawberries, insense, leather, graphite, stems, stones, crushed rocks, lavender and fields of violets. Big structure, nice tension, well balance with good length. The acidity is round but not as good as the 07 &12. The finish is big, polished with nice fruit and dry tannin structure. 93 with great potential for much more.

Photos of; Almaviva, their tasting lounge and their fermentation tanks.

The 15 might be their best bottle to date. It certainly has all the pedigree in time. JS gave this a 💯...one of three in Chile for 2015.

On the nose; a little funkiness, ripe, ruby fruits of; dark currants & cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, dark plum, plum, creamy raspberries and a touch of strawberries. Incense, black tar, black licorice, dark dry and fresh florals.

The body full but not as full as 07 & 12. The fruits are gorgeously ripe. The wine is still very fresh. The tannins are nicely rounded & just a touch sticky. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and strawberries, insense, leather, graphite, stems, stones, crushed rocks, lavender and fields of violets. Big structure, nice tension, well balance with good length. The acidity is round but not as good as the 07 &12. The finish is big, polished with nice fruit and dry tannin structure. 93 with great potential for much more.

Photos of; Almaviva, their tasting lounge and their fermentation tanks.

Apr 12th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

As much as I like older wines with more evolution to them, I really enjoyed the 07, but this 2012 really grabbed my, mind, palate & body. Something special with this bottling that I look forward to trying again in another 8-10 years plus.

On the nose; brighter perfumed florals than 07. Beautiful violets & lavender. Black licorice, dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, smoke, scorched earth, dark moist soil, nice soft spice, light baking spices, leather and dry stones.

The body is full. The tannins are big, chewy & sticky. The structure is huge, the length beautiful, nice tension and excellent balance. The fruits are ripe & slightly ruby; dark currant/cassis, blackberries, black plum, blue fruits, black raspberries, raspberries with strawberries pulling up lightly on the rear. Leather, stones, dark moist soils, black licorice, vanilla, light spice, crushed rock powder, stems, lovely violets, beautiful acidity and well balanced, polished finish that lasts minute. The 12 far exceed the 07 in time. Drink 2020-33.

Photos of, Viña Almaviva, ancient wooded, Chilean Guardian statues, our tasting there today and their first barrel room with the 2017 vintage.

As much as I like older wines with more evolution to them, I really enjoyed the 07, but this 2012 really grabbed my, mind, palate & body. Something special with this bottling that I look forward to trying again in another 8-10 years plus.

On the nose; brighter perfumed florals than 07. Beautiful violets & lavender. Black licorice, dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, smoke, scorched earth, dark moist soil, nice soft spice, light baking spices, leather and dry stones.

The body is full. The tannins are big, chewy & sticky. The structure is huge, the length beautiful, nice tension and excellent balance. The fruits are ripe & slightly ruby; dark currant/cassis, blackberries, black plum, blue fruits, black raspberries, raspberries with strawberries pulling up lightly on the rear. Leather, stones, dark moist soils, black licorice, vanilla, light spice, crushed rock powder, stems, lovely violets, beautiful acidity and well balanced, polished finish that lasts minute. The 12 far exceed the 07 in time. Drink 2020-33.

Photos of, Viña Almaviva, ancient wooded, Chilean Guardian statues, our tasting there today and their first barrel room with the 2017 vintage.

Apr 12th, 2018