2015 ALMAVIVA Red Blend Maipo Valley Puente Alto Pre Arrival
Out of the 17,000+ wines James Suckling and his team tasted in 2017, Almaviva 2015 was his very favorite. Considering that first-growths and the very best of Napa now sell for $300 and up, this wine is a peerless relative value.
Suckling rhapsodizes, “This is a wine that epitomizes greatness with its intensity, structure and balance. It underlines the movement away from overdone, jammy wines to a neoclassicism with energy and finesse. It also highlights how South America, specifically Chile, has come into its own as a wine area, producing superb wines that can compete with the best in the world.”
Suckling further describes “A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now.”
Paging all Cabernet, Bordeaux, and Bolgheri enthusiasts: this one’s got your name on it. Let’s put a case on the truck this spring.
PRE-ARRIVAL OFFERING; WINE ARRIVES MAY 2018.
Almaviva is a joint venture between Concha Y Toro and the Rothschild family, begun in 1998. Like her father before her saw in the Opus One project, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild saw the potential to create a world-class claret from these own-rooted, 37 year old vines on purely alluvial soils high in the “Puente Alto” zone of the Maipo Valley.