Viña Almaviva S.A.

Almaviva Puente Alto Red Blend

9.3577 ratings
9.278 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
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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

This is a cooperative project between the Rothschild’s & Concho Y Toro, much like Opus One, which started with Mondavi & the Rothschild’s but now Constellation Brands owns Mondavi’s half.

2007 was a good vintage in Puente Alto.

On the nose; nice perfumed fruits; blackberries; blue fruits, dark cherries, black raspberries, hints of strawberries , black pepper, stones, slight tarry notes, black licorice, fields of violets, lavender and decayed red florals.

The body is full. The tannins still chewy, round yet velvety. The length is beautiful. The tension nice, big structure and nicely balanced. The fruits are; ripe, blackberries, blackberries; blue fruits, dark cherries, black raspberries and hints of strawberries. Leather, black pepper, stones, slight tarry notes, black licorice, dark rich soils, graphite, nice round spice, dark chocolate, incense fields of violets, lavender and decayed red florals. The acidity is very nice. The long elegant finish and nicely polished. Still needs another 5-8 years in bottle. Drink 2023-35.

Photos of; their Viña...the roof was designed with a relationship to the top flow of the Andes Mountains, grapes that were just harvested this morning and waiting processing, signage as you turn into their Vina and another building on the property.

Notes on the label/logo, the four dots in the center represent the four seasons and the half circles represent how the winds blow east and west from the Andes to coast and Vice Visa and how they flow north and south as well.

This is a cooperative project between the Rothschild’s & Concho Y Toro, much like Opus One, which started with Mondavi & the Rothschild’s but now Constellation Brands owns Mondavi’s half.

2007 was a good vintage in Puente Alto.

On the nose; nice perfumed fruits; blackberries; blue fruits, dark cherries, black raspberries, hints of strawberries , black pepper, stones, slight tarry notes, black licorice, fields of violets, lavender and decayed red florals.

The body is full. The tannins still chewy, round yet velvety. The length is beautiful. The tension nice, big structure and nicely balanced. The fruits are; ripe, blackberries, blackberries; blue fruits, dark cherries, black raspberries and hints of strawberries. Leather, black pepper, stones, slight tarry notes, black licorice, dark rich soils, graphite, nice round spice, dark chocolate, incense fields of violets, lavender and decayed red florals. The acidity is very nice. The long elegant finish and nicely polished. Still needs another 5-8 years in bottle. Drink 2023-35.

Photos of; their Viña...the roof was designed with a relationship to the top flow of the Andes Mountains, grapes that were just harvested this morning and waiting processing, signage as you turn into their Vina and another building on the property.

Notes on the label/logo, the four dots in the center represent the four seasons and the half circles represent how the winds blow east and west from the Andes to coast and Vice Visa and how they flow north and south as well.

Apr 12th, 2018
Angela Bortugno

Yum! I was worried because the cork was soft, so I used the Durand. A bit of VA but it blew off. Great fruit for a 9 yr old wine, vanilla notes from French oak and delicious juicy berry flavor, spice and dried herbs. Silky, lingering finish. It’s a winner! Carmenere based.

Yum! I was worried because the cork was soft, so I used the Durand. A bit of VA but it blew off. Great fruit for a 9 yr old wine, vanilla notes from French oak and delicious juicy berry flavor, spice and dried herbs. Silky, lingering finish. It’s a winner! Carmenere based.

Apr 7th, 2018
James Forsyth

This is one hell of a wine, and anyone who likes a bolder style of Cabernet will agree. Plenty of vanilla and toast but still nicely integrated. Considerable intensity, hugely juicy and some spice. I can't say that I drink much from Chile and when I do it tends to be more on the budget side. This is not that. Impressive stuff.

This is one hell of a wine, and anyone who likes a bolder style of Cabernet will agree. Plenty of vanilla and toast but still nicely integrated. Considerable intensity, hugely juicy and some spice. I can't say that I drink much from Chile and when I do it tends to be more on the budget side. This is not that. Impressive stuff.

Mar 6th, 2018
Chris Chan

All you want is in here

All you want is in here

Dec 4th, 2017
Kevin Sidders

President VinConnect

9.3

Delicious. Seems much younger — many guessed 2010 or 11. Lots of juicy ripe fruit, good composure, and perhaps a touch of heat. Super enjoyable...

Delicious. Seems much younger — many guessed 2010 or 11. Lots of juicy ripe fruit, good composure, and perhaps a touch of heat. Super enjoyable...

Oct 9th, 2017
Elizabeth Rice

"Biggest disappointment". While it is a very well structured wine, my expectations were very high only to be let down. Just not extraordinary, but well made still the same.

"Biggest disappointment". While it is a very well structured wine, my expectations were very high only to be let down. Just not extraordinary, but well made still the same.

Oct 2nd, 2017
Jeroen Koenen

Best of both worlds, a modern classic. Marvelous Bdx-blend!

Best of both worlds, a modern classic. Marvelous Bdx-blend!

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