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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Almaviva  2009
Almaviva 2009
(search item no. 117530)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $119.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 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
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures. Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir-faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile itself and in the international market.

Deep, intense, ruby red color with purple tones. The nose is pure, well focused and elegant. Complex and layered, it reveals fresh and delicate aromas of cassis, black berries and violet, associated to fine notes of vanilla, cacao, licorice, and spices. The wine is filling the mouth with smooth, well refined and juicy tannins, underlining the plenitude of the ripe fruit. The texture is incredibly round and silky, and the finish is long and fleshy. A superb wine, precise in its character, accessible and remarkably balanced.

Blend: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carmenere, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Merlot.

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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 ViƱa 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.