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Spectacular Scores For Almaviva!!!!

Almviva is a tremendous wine with a pedigree of phenomal scores especially when you take into account the quality and the other wineries it is compared to year in and year out. The 2015 which has yet to be realesed received a 100 PT score from James Suckling. Since this wine has yet become available trying previous vintages are a can't miss. For example the 2013 is showing beatifully.

In boxing, the term pound for pound is used when comparing fighters from different weight classes. This concept allows us to give lighter weight classes the credit they deserve, rather than focusing only on the heavier weights. Manny Pacquiao, world champion in eight different weight classes, probably couldn’t beat the current heavy-weight champ, but he is still considered by many to be the best fighter currently boxing. Almaviva has achieved almost the same high scores from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker as Mouton and Opus One, so pound for pound it is a truly great wine, more closely comparable to a first-growth Bordeaux than to other Chilean wine.

A little-known fact is that when the Rothschilds decided to expand beyond Bordeaux in the 1970s, Chile—not Napa Valley—was their first choice. Chile’s terroir has long been the envy of Bordeaux and the Rothschilds thought it was the best terroir to make a wine worthy of their name. But Chile’s political situation at the time—General Augusto Pinochet had recently led a coup d’état against the government and was now ruling the country— made it an unattractive place to do business, and the Rothschilds felt it was safer to invest in Napa. When democracy was restored in Chile in the election of 1989, the door was open for the Rothschilds to go back to their first choice and create Almaviva.

Below is some of the rave reviews on the 2013 Vintage:


“2013 is a cool vintage that produced a very elegant wine. The wine is fresher and more fluid, not as concentrated as previous vintages. It has a subtle nose with very nicely integrated spicy aromas from the élevage. The palate is very approachable, soft and velvety, with very good balance and a fine texture because of the very fine tannins.” – L. Gutierrez


“Superb aromas of Indian spices, blackberry, blueberry and dried flowers. Full body, soft and polished tannins and an amazing finesse of subtle yet intense flavors. This is so pure and fruity. Another great Almaviva.” – J. Suckling


“An elegant red, with suave flavors of dried berry, red currant and roasted plum matched to plenty of rich, savory notes. Hot stone and black olive accents in the mid-palate, with a finish that lingers with dried meat and spice hints.” – K. Marcus

 93 Points, VINOUS

"Vivid ruby-red. Expressive, oak-spiced cherry, black currant and rose pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of  vanilla and licorice. Sweet, seamless and penetrating in the mouth, offering intense dark berry, bitter cherry and spice cake flavors and a repeating vanilla note. Shows excellent focus and appealing sweetness on the long, juicy finish, which features repeating spiciness and subtle, slow-building  tannins." - J. Raynolds