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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Almaviva  2006
Almaviva 2006
(search item no. 97585)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $72.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A Bordeaux blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Carmenère, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot.

A superb wine of exceptional finesse and remarkable expression, Almaviva is dark ruby red, intense and opaque. The nose is deep and complex, remarkably rich and concentrated, revealing fresh ripe fruit aromas, plum, cassis and blackberries associated to mineral hints, vanilla and coffee. The attack is powerful, ample and silky, immediately revealing a well-balanced and harmonious structure. The tannins are ripe and round, nicely enveloped by flavorful hints of vanilla, grilled orange zest, chocolate and tobacco. The finish is long, mineral and silky, enhancing the richness of the ripe fruit and the elegance of the tannins.

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About Almaviva:

Almaviva is the name of both winery and wine born of the joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Viña Concha y Toro. It is also that of Pierre de Beaumarchais' character, the "Count of Almaviva" in his Marriage of Figaro, a work Wolfang Amadeus Mozart later turned into one of the most popular operas ever. The classical epithet, laid out in Pierre de Beaumarchais' fair hand, shares the label with insignia of pre-hispanic roots symbolizing a union of European and American cultures that at every level has created successive bonds over centuries that have evolved a unique identity. The recent synthesis of French tradition and American soil has delivered an exceptional wine embodying the best of both worlds, a Primer Orden that really shines.