The elegance of a complex and generous Chilean superstar
Produced by the prestigious Viña Almaviva estate, the Almaviva 2016 embodies the excellence of Bordeaux’s wine-growing tradition in what was an exceptional vintage in Chile.
A sunny vintage, 2016 will be remembered for its high temperatures, especially in December and February. The harvest began rather early, with Merlot on March 29, and lasted until May 6, two weeks ahead of usual.
The Almaviva 2016 was made possible by the great effort and constant attention paid by the estate’s technical teams. The speed and precision of the harvesting teams, the rigourous optical selection and the permanent monitoring of the winemaking processes have resulted in a superb Chilean wine, one of great elegance and freshness, offering rich fruit but also expressing the unique character of the Puente Alto terroir, in the Central Valley region.
True to the tradition of the Bordeaux blend, the Almaviva 2016 by Viña Almaviva was made from Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Carmenère (24%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%).
At the tasting, the Almaviva 2016 presents a deep, intense and bright ruby red colour. The nose opens with delicate notes of red berries, like raspberries and blackberries, which intertwine in perfect harmony with notes of toffee and coffee. From the attack on the palate, this vintage seduces the taster with its elegance and freshness. The well-rounded palate shows off the supple structure of silky-smooth tannins. The vintage stretches into a long finish, marked by vanilla and delicate peppery notes. Elegant, complex and distinguished, the Almaviva 2016 is in line with the great vintages of Viña Almaviva, representative of the unique style and remarkable precision of this iconic property in Chile.
Parker : 95 / 100
J. Robinson : 17,5 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 harvest was complicated by rain in late April, which made them hurry up and finish two weeks earlier than normal. The year was also cooler, and the 2016 Almaviva, a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenère, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot has less alcohol at 13.9% compared to 15% in 2014. The élevage was shortened to 16 months, and they decreased the percentage of new French barrels used--down to 77% from the 82% in the previous year. The wine is fresher and less marked by the oak, a more fluid version, with fine tannins. This is a little different, a lighter and fresher year. It was a very dry winter, complicated by rains. I found very good harmony and fine tannins, balance and freshness in one of the most elegant vintages I remember from Almaviva. This has contained power, very accessible tannins and no green notes at all. It's young but accessible and should develop nicely in bottle, as it has the balance and freshness. This is an elegant and fresh vintage for Almaviva, young and tender, taking advantage of the natural conditions for it. Well done! 180,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017.
- Grape varieties
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Dessert wine
- J. Robinson
- J. Suckling
- Wine Spectator
- Maipo Valley
- MILLESIMA 87 Quai de Paludate CS 11691 33050 BORDEAUX FRANCE
- Central Valley
- Puente Alto
- Viña Almaviva
- Contains sulphites