Almaviva Puente Alto 2019
1 or more bottles$350.00
Patricia Tapia97 points
James Suckling97 points
Almaviva 2019 is yet another superb vintage produced by joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Mouton Rothschild and the Chilean power-house Concha y Toro. The union brought together exceptional fine wine making expertise from Mouton Rothschild and the local savoir-faire and commercial might of Concho y Toro. To this end, it is the Chilean Opus One; the goal of Opus One was to create the First Growth wine of Napa Valley and that of Almaviva to achieve this in Chile.
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"The Tocornal Vineyard is the source of some of the classic wines in Chile's modern era—Don Melchor, Viñedo Chadwick, and, of course, Almaviva. It grows on a long, wide hillside of alluvial soils from the Maipo River. In the case of Almaviva, it was planted to cabernet sauvignon some 40 years ago on sandy soils and gravel, which, judging by the results, cabernet likes a lot. Those soils lend elegance to the tannins and the herbal tones that are so characteristic of the variety. And that is evident even in warm years, such as this 2019, which had a late bud break, although it ripened earlier. Winemaker Michel Friou says that they cut the bunches a week earlier that year. The 2019 Almaviva blend is 68% cabernet sauvignon and 23% carmenere (from the Peumo zone of the Cachapoal Valley), plus 5% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot, and the rest is merlot. This is an excellent vintage and perhaps more succulent than the 2018 (one of the great vintages in the history of this classic). It has a bit more fat—the heat of the year shows itself in that broader aspect—but the fruit is perfectly ripe and juicy and delicious in its expression of place while leaving room for the herbal and menthol notes that are so typical of Alto Maipo cabernets."
"The aromas of iodine and blackcurrants with roses and lavender make the wine extremely perfumed. It’s full-bodied with a tight, fine-tannined palate that shows linear flow through the center palate. It’s vertical and integrated, adding depth and serious quality to the wine"
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With the Andes mountains to its east (on its border with Argentina) and the Pacific Ocean to its west, Chile has a unique geography and climate that make it suitable for a range of both red and white wine styles. The country enjoys cooling influences from both the ocean and the mountains, coupled with plenty of sunshine. Generally, Chilean vineyards have a Mediterranean climate, with a sunny, dry growing season and little risk of fungal diseases. Winery operations of all sizes throughout the country widely practise sustainable and organic grapegrowing and winemaking. Black grape varieties account for most of the plantings in Chile, with Cabernet Sauvignon the most widely planted. Styles can range from simple and fruity to premium full-bodied examples. Other red wine varieties include Merlot, Carmenère, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Among the white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are the most dominant.
In terms of viticulture the central valley of chile (spanish: valle central) spans the o'higgins region (vi) and maule region (vii) administrative regions and the administrative metropolitan region, and is the main growing zone for chilean wine and coincides with the historical core of the chilean central valley.
This is chile's most productive and internationally known wine region, due predominately to its proximity to the national capital santiago.
It is located directly across the andes' from one of argentina's wine regions: mendoza province. Within the central valley there are four wine growing region subregions: the maipo valley, the rapel valley, the curicó valley and the maule valley.
The Maipo Valley is the home of viticulture in Chile and one of its most important wine-producing regions. Located just south of the capital, Santiago, Maipo Valley is home to some of the country's most prestigious wines. It is often described as the 'Bordeaux of South America', and rich, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly its most celebrated wine style.
The first vines were planted around Santiago at the city's birth in the 1540s, but it wasn't until the 1800s that viticulture began to expand significantly, as an indirect result of entrepreneurial Chileans growing rich from the mineral wealth found in the Atacama Desert to the north. It became fashionable for these wealthy individuals to travel to France, and they inevitably returned home with vines to plant in their new, French-influenced wine estates. The vineyards of Cousino Macul, Concha Y Toro and Santa Rita were developed during this period, and they remain today important names in the Chilean wine industry
The vineyards of Alto Maipo (or Upper Maipo) run along the eastern edge of the Andes Mountains, where they benefit from altitudes of 1300-2500ft (400-760m) above sea level.
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About the brand Almaviva
In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A., sealed a partnership agreement with a view to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva.
Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage achieved immediate international success upon its launch in 1998.