2018 Almaviva Almaviva

Proprietary Blend - 6L
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REVIEWS

JS 98 DC 96 WA 96 WS 93
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, December 2022

A solid and structured red with blackcurrant, herb, tobacco and mussel-shell character. Some moss, too. Full-bodied and chewy, yet the solid tannins are very fine-textured and give a long, chewy finish. Yet, it’s always...
DC 96

Decanter, August 2020

Confident complexity on display here, fresh, powerful spicy notes of tobacco and grilled coffee beans alongside cool blueberry fruits. Winemaker Michel Friou has made a brilliant wine in this vintage that expands outwards...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2020

My last Chile article questioned whether 2018 had been the best vintage of the last 20 years in the country, so I was very curious to taste the 2018 Almaviva. 2018 was a cooler year with more rain and a later budding and...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, February 2021

Elegant and rich-tasting, offering roasted berry and cherry compote flavors that show plenty of dried herbal accents. The finish offers firm tannins, with a savory edge and hints of mocha java. Cabernet Sauvignon...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Chile
Region Maipo Valley
Sub-region Puente Alto
Vintage 2018
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Almaviva Proprietary Blend from Puente Alto in Chile’s Maipo Valley is a distinguished red wine, crafted by the renowned producer Almaviva. This vintage is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenère (sourced from Peumo), 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine, sealed with a cork, boasts an alcohol content of 15.0%.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded the wine a score of 96, highlighting the exceptional quality of the 2018 vintage. The review notes that 2018 was a cooler year with more rain, leading to a later budding and ripening of the grapes, which contributed to a balanced harvest. The wine matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 73% of which were new. The Advocate described it as "a solid, well-built and seamless Almaviva, with clout and balance."

James Suckling offered an even higher score of 98, praising the wine's structure and complexity. He described it as "a solid and structured red with blackcurrant, herb, tobacco and mussel-shell character," noting its full-bodied nature and fine-textured tannins that provide a long, chewy finish. Suckling suggested that while the wine is already beautiful for a young wine, it will be even better after 2025.

Decanter also scored the wine at 96, commending its confident complexity and fresh, powerful spicy notes of tobacco and grilled coffee beans, complemented by cool blueberry fruits. The review emphasized the brilliance of winemaker Michel Friou in crafting a wine that expands outward through the palate.

Wine Spectator gave the wine a slightly lower score of 93 but still recognized its elegance and richness. The review mentioned "roasted berry and cherry compote flavors that show plenty of dried herbal accents," along with firm tannins and a savory edge with hints of mocha java. Wine Spectator recommended drinking the wine now through 2026.

Overall, the 2018 Almaviva Proprietary Blend is a highly regarded wine, celebrated for its balance, complexity, and potential for aging.