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    2h
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    from 2028

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In 1997 Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Vina Concha y Toro forged a partnership with a view to create an exceptional Chilean equivalent of a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe. This wine was to be called called Almaviva.
 
Located in the Maipo Valley, in Chile's central zone, the Puente Alto vineyards behind Almaviva are recognized for offering ideal conditions for growing the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. It is here that 85 hectares have been reserved exclusively for Almaviva.
 
 

Since Almaviva's launch in 1998 the wines popularity has rocketed. Now seen as one of the finest wines in the world Almaviva kudos has to go to winemaker Tod Mostero for producing a wine of such consistent high quality.

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Maipo, Puente Alto

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The wine reached good ripeness with 14.9% alcohol. It still shows the effect of the élevage a bit, with abundant notes of sweet spices, a creamy touch and some smoke. I tasted it next to the 2019, and the wines have a very similar aromatic palette with a clear note of baked peppers. What was amazing in 2020 was that they harvested the Carmenere almost five weeks earlier than they normally would, and the result is not a green wine at all. As in all dry years, the wines show a little more tannic, a little in the style of the 2017—but the 2020 has more tension than the 2017, and the 2017 was more powerful and with a bigger tannic structure. The 2019 had more volume than the 2018, and the 2020 is closer to the 2019 than the 2018. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled during the second half of February 2022.

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