2006 Almaviva "Almaviva" Bordeaux Blend Maipo Valley

SKU #1045114 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 ($90; 63% cabernet sauvignon, 26% carmenere, 9% cabernet franc and 2% merlot) Deep red with a bright rim. Rich cassis and blackberry aromas are complicated by roasted coffee, anise and pipe tobacco nuances. Broad and fleshy, with sweet red and dark berry liqueur flavors, supple texture and slow-building tannins. Becomes more energetic with air, offering tangy redcurrant and raspberry flavors that carry through the sappy finish. Impressively pure wine that deftly blends depth and power with energy.  (4/ 2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Starting to open, with cedar, roasted vanilla and mesquite aromas giving way to a rich, loam- and black currant-filled palate. The long, fleshy finish lets the loamy edge play out nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.--Non-blind Viña Almaviva vertical (January 2011). Drink now through 2016. (Web-2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Almaviva continues a series of successful vintages for this Chilean icon. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, blackcurrant, and blackberry. Elegantly styled and impeccably balanced, it will evolve for several more years and drink well through 2021 at the least.  (4/ 2009)

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By: Shaun Green |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/18/2009  | Send Email
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This is the Opus One of Chile – Mouton Rothschild and Concha y Toro came together to create one of the best wines of Chile. It worked in Napa, and now they've reproduced their success in Chile. The vineyard source was a great section of the Don Melchor vineyard, and we all know what great fruit that vineyard produces. The style, however, is definitely influenced by the French parent. The 2006 may be their best vintage ever, with deep and powerful fruit from Daddy Melchor, with differing layers of secondary elements of smoke and graphite coming through as the wine breathes, inherited from Mama Mouton. Hints of Mouton’s style are not easily missed – with the wine's muscular intricate elegance and long potential. Plus… it’s half the price of Opus and the quality level is right there. I’m sold!
Drink from 2010 to 2016

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5