Almaviva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
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This label is a partnership between the Rothschild family and Concha y Toro. Softly aromatic nose, lush garnet color, and a velvety texture, with crisp acidity and a complex blend of flavors defined by plum, spice, and herbs. A splendid
Bordeaux-style red blend—equal parts rich, deep, and delicious.
The 2018 Almaviva is a Bordeaux blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carménère, 3% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc from Puente Alto, Maipo, that spent 18 months in French barrels, 73% new and the rest second-use. Made during a mild year. The nose delivers crystal-clear layers of black currant and raspberry, plus hints of basil, black tea and spices. Intense but gentle on the palate, with a creamy, refreshing mouthfeel. The tannins are pleasant and refined, resulting in a balanced but powerful expression, enlivened by the rich alcohol. Complex and long-lasting, this is sheer energy in a glass
Drinking window: 2022 - 2037
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.
The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.
The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.