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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Almaviva Red 2005
Almaviva Red 2005
(search item no. 94334)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $76.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Gorgeous aromas of warm chocolate ganache and mocha lead the way for a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and minerality. This should really reward cellaring. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot (the first vintage to include Petit Verdot). Best from 2009 through 2019."
-Wine Spectator

"The 2005 Almaviva is dark ruby-colored with a classy nose of smoke, violets, mineral, pencil lead, espresso, black currants, and blackberry. This is followed by a supple-textured wine with layers of sweet fruit, excellent depth and concentration, and well integrated oak, tannin, and acidity. There is enough structure to support 5-7 years of further evolution in the bottle and it should continue to drink well through 2037.

Almaviva is a partnership of Bordeaux first-growth Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Concha y Toro. Made in the style of top of the line Pauillac, the blend is typically 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22-23% Carmenere (a very close relative of Merlot), and 4-5% Cabernet Franc. It spends 18 months in new French oak and is bottled unfined and unfiltered."
-Wine Advocate

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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.