Almaviva 的葡萄來自智利最好的Maipo產區的精華區Puente Alto,這裡的風土條件非常適合 Cabernet Sauvignon、Carmenère與Cabernet Franc 等波爾多品種的生長。1996是第一個問市的年份,短短十多年內已建立起世界性的聲譽,不僅成為智利最好的紅酒之一,也被視為世界級的頂尖美酒。事實上,隨著近年波爾多頂級酒的強勁漲勢,有部分法國波爾多血統的Almaviva紅酒連帶也行情看漲,又加上國際酒評家都給予最近幾個年份相當高的評價,所以它在全世界的葡萄市場上是供不應求的!

Excellent Rating

Almaviva 2016 @  HKD$1200

97 points James Suckling
Outer quote mark A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It’s tight but opens with air. Classicism here. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Outer quote mark 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! (LG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

Almaviva 2017 @  HKD$1160

100 points James Suckling
Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

Almaviva 2014 @  HKD$1260

97 points James Suckling
A wine with wonderful blueberry, blackberry and hints of cedar and spice. Full body, dense and beautiful fruit. Chocolate, walnut and berry. It goes on for minutes. A fabulous wine. Better in 2020 but gorgeous now.

94 points Wine Advocate
I retasted the 2014 Almaviva next to the current 2015 and 2016 for comparison’s sake. 2014 is considered a very good year in the powerful and concentrated way. In Puente Alto, they didn’t have problems with frost, but yields were some of the lowest in recent times. This vintage has more alcohol (the label reads 15% alcohol). It’s developing at a slow pace—it still has some lactic notes that denote youth—and should have a long life ahead in the bottle. This could be a long-distance runner of a vintage; in fact, it remains more closed than the rest of recent vintages.
Drinking Window: 2018 – 2034

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