Almaviva 2017

Wine of the Decade

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100pts James Suckling

Wine of the Decade James Suckling

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. The rest is history. Not only did the 2017 vintage achieve a perfect score from James Suckling, it was awarded the prestigious Wine of the Decade designation. You'll want to make room on your top shelf for some of these bottles winelovers...

James Suckling:  Designated Wine of the Decade. "The aromas of blackberry leaves and iodine are wild and exotic here with mussel shells and earth underneath. Full-bodied, tight and chewy with powerful tannins that show muscle. It’s structured and powerful. Dense and very, very deep. Don’t touch this until 2025." Dec 2019

Winery:  "Deep, intense and opaque ruby red. The nose reveals a generous, powerful and layered bouquet of ripe cassis and blackberries, interwoven with hints of mineral, fine notes of vanilla, coffee, black pepper and earth. Dense and full-bodied, the wine fills the mouth with round, ripe and refined tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance and persistence. Produced from an extremely warm, but superb vintage, this well-structured wine of balanced acidity strikes a wonderful combination of elegance and power, with a very promising long aging potential."

The 2017 Vintage: "Despite an overall great vintage, the 2017 harvest was notably marked by atypical climatic conditions. Although the total rainfall (315mm) was rather normal between April 2016 and April 2017, most of the natural hydric resources were derived from unusual early rains, between April and July 2016 (249mm). Little to no rain was then registered from August 2016 to April 2017. Average temperatures were also significantly high, registering 1°C to 2.5°C above average from August 2016 until harvest with absolute temperatures reaching up to 36°C (96.8°F) in November and January.

These extremely dry and warm conditions generated a very early vintage. All phenological stages occurred two to three weeks earlier than usual, including the harvest, which commenced on March 9th with Merlot. The first Cabernet Sauvignon followed on March 20th and continued throughout April with the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère intake on April 27th.

Severe draught and heat contributed to dramatically low yields. Yet despite these extremes, the overall vintage resulted in superb quality and purity of fruit, with small berries of great concentration, character and acidity."

Bottle 750ml, cork   
Varietal

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot

Alcohol  14.5%
Aging 19 months in new French oak
Region Puente Alto, Chile

Wine of the Decade

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