The best of two cultures


Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures.

Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir-faire and traditions.

The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile itself and in the international market.

Vintages

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Harvest Report

Perfect conditions throughout the growing cycle from bud-break to harvest were followed by heavy rains the first week of April. A timely harvest brought in ripe, healthy grapes.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
75%
Carménère
19%
Cabernet Franc
6%

Barrel Aging: 16 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Plum red with a slight terracotta tint around the edges.
Perfumed with floral aromas and notes of smoky tobacco and loam. Dried rose petals and ripe plum evolve toward resin and leather. The whole is enveloped in aromas of fig conserves and bay leaf.
The attack is silky and balanced with nice, fresh, supple tannins. Dried flowers, pine bark and forest undergrowth. A very harmonious and ethereal wine with a long lasting and smooth finish.
A wonderful vintage.

Harvest Report

Constant climatic conditions throughout the season assured an homogenous maturity in all the vineyard lots. The particularly warm, dry weather produced perfectly ripe grape bunches that were harvested in small cases during the last three weeks of April.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
72%
Carménère
23%
Cabernet Franc
5%

Barrel Aging: 16 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

This wine is dark ruby with slight copper reflections.
The first nose is an amber bouquet of molasses, coffee, caramel, leather, bay and white pepper, which later evolves to reveal a beautiful presence of very ripe blackberries and grilled orange peels, complimented by peat and earthy minerals. On the finish, roasted coffee beans.
On the palate, the attack is hearty, full of bitter chocolate and dark berry jam on a smoky background. The tannins are powerful and firm. The rich flavors remain present throughout the lengthy finish.

Harvest Report

El Niño weather conditions with heavy rains, cool temperatures and low sunlight favored slow ripening, so the harvest was pushed back to late April to ensure ripe tannins. Careful handling and grape selection during the picking allowed us to bring in healthy grapes throughout the harvest season.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
72%
Carménère
26%
Cabernet Franc
2%

Barrel Aging: 16 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

A deep, brilliant, full and frank scarlet red.
Frankincense, simmered ripe wild berries and black pepper are complemented by grilled aromas, oriental spices, lavender essence and distinct mineral tones.
The attack is refined and elegant, with great class. The evolution is characterized by a fine tannic structure and notes of coriander and cardamom. The long finish leaves aromas of black licorice root, resin and graphite and an overall impression of refined elegance.
A feminine wine that has remained young and fresh.

Harvest Report

Weather conditions were the reverse of the previous year. Severe drought and high temperatures led to early ripening and a harvest that was two weeks in advance of a typical year. Ripe, healthy and highly concentrated grapes helped to produce a remarkable wine.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
78%
Carménère
19%
Cabernet Franc
3%

Barrel Aging: 16 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Powerful and intense, the nose is cooked forest berries, cherry pips, cassis, boysenberry, mineral and resin. Toast, grilled espresso beans and bitter chocolate accompany cigar tobacco leaves and bitter almond.
On the palate, the dense and vivacious attack evolves toward a strong structure of round, tight and refined tannins. The excellent concentration of berries, prunes and dark cocoa persists, and aromas of smooth coffee linger on the palette. A singular balance and wonderful finesse, the finish has great persistence.
This concentrated wine has long ageing potential.

Harvest Report

Generally good climatic conditions were combined with some cold and rainy weather in winter, spring and early summer. In the vineyard, the season was marked by even growth despite temperatures that were slightly lower than the historical average. Due to this and some rainfall in mid-April, the harvest period was lengthened in order to attain the ideal ripeness of the grapes.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
86%
Carménère
14%

Barrel Aging: 16 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Intense, dark ruby red.
Chocolate, molasses and a blend of cassis and forest berries create a complex nose where fresh coffee, leather, forest cedar and grilled citrus zests appear subtly throughout the evolution.
Frank elegance and a refined structure are revealed on the round and supple attack. Caramel harmonizes with smoky dark cocoa and ripe tannins for a beautifully smooth finish.
A wine defined by balance, complexity and class.

Harvest Report

Rainfall was heavy in the winter season, particularly during the months of June and September. Warmer temperatures followed throughout the mild spring, which allowed for a good development of the vines. The summer, characterized by hot weather and little rainfall, favored the ripening of the grapes.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
70%
Carménère
27%
Cabernet Franc
7%

Barrel Aging: 17 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

This dark ruby red wine is deep and opaque.
Ripe wild strawberry confiture, peppery chocolate, hints of fresh mint leaves, blackberries, tobacco, whole coffee beans and leather are concentrated in a very rich mineral nose.
This powerful wine reveals a silky, ample attack with a full bodied, massive and balanced structure. Dark chocolate, cypress, dried currants, and plums are persistent throughout the long-lasting finish.
This is a superb wine with great ageing potential.





Harvest Report

The rainfall for the vintage 2002 was average, however intense storms fell over the winter months of June and July. Winter’s higher than average temperatures advanced bud break in by eight days. Spring was dry, with average temperatures, and was followed by a hot summer. Evening temperatures remained cool, which allowed for excellent tannic ripeness and optimal balance. Autumn started with some rain, which influenced the decision to move the harvest forward 10 days.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
67%
Carménère
29%
Cabernet Franc
4%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep red tinged with violet.
The nose is filled with mineral notes, mesquite, nutmeg and profound aromas of black fruits, forest blackberries, and licorice root.
The attack is deep and well sculpted while the evolution reveals tremendous balance. Bitter chocolate and licorice root fill the mouth, and a return of cassis, cherries and peach pips dominate the final.
The vintage 2002 is remarkably dense and unctuous.





Harvest Report

The winter was cold and extremely wet and spring was cooler than average, but the summer was quite hot. High temperatures followed throughout the end of harvest. With these exceptional climatic conditions, the harvest began on the 15th of April. The very small grapes showed a remarkable concentration of color, aromas and structure.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
73%
Carménère
24%
Cabernet Franc
3%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Intense, opaque ruby red. The nose is incredibly profound, densely concentrated and complex, filled with black currants and layers of smoky tobacco, spices and mineral notes. The attack is powerful and full-bodied as the evolution leaves an impression of balance and harmony. Blackberries, plums, grilled orange zests, lavender, and cigar smoke accompany amber, minerals and hints of frankincense. An excellent wine from an exceptional vintage.





Harvest Report

The hot, dry conditions from November to March gave small and concentrated berries. Two short rains at the end of March and the middle of April accelerated the ripening by rinsing the leaves in the vineyard and re-activating the vine’s photosynthesis, allowing for optimum ripeness. The grapes were picked on fifteen days over a twenty-five day period, from April 20 to May 14. Very low yields gave grapes with supple, round tannins and precise fruit flavors.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
72%
Carménère
28%

Barrel Aging: 17 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

The robe is rich black prune in the center and garnet-vermilion towards the edge.
Delicate aromas of forest strawberries, raspberries, cocoa and wildflowers with overtones of honey and incense characterize the subtle nose. The very precise attack is fresh. The evolution is pure and creamy with persistent and enrobed tannins.
Flavors of peach pips, almonds and smoky mesquite blend together with vanilla and bright, fresh red and black fruit aromas throughout the exceptionally elegant finish.
A remarkably graceful and pure wine.





Harvest Report

The 2005 harvest season for Almaviva was the longest and latest ever, lasting from April 14th to May 17th. Meticulous ripeness controls and triple selection helped to obtain a very fine wine. Winter was warmer than average and marked nearly 30% less rainfall than an average year. The warm temperatures throughout the winter days, together with high temperatures in September, contribute to an early and homogenous budbreak on September 20 for the Cabernet Sauvignon, five days earlier than the average.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
74%
Carménère
21%
Cabernet Franc
5%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby red, intense and opaque.
The nose is deep and complex, remarkably rich and concentrated, revealing fresh ripe fruits aromas, wild strawberries, black currant and blackberries nicely associated with mineral notes, spices, tobacco and coffee. The attack is powerful, ample and silky, immediately revealing a well-balanced and harmonious structure. The tannins are ripe and round, nicely enveloped by flavorful hints of vanilla, toasted orange zest, lavender, chocolate, and licorice.
The finish is long, mineral and silky, enhancing the richness of the ripe fruit and the elegance of the tannins.
A superb wine of an exceptional finesse and remarkable expression.

Harvest Report

Although the winter rainfall was slightly inferior to historical average, the rains were steady and well distributed throughout the winter season. Reasonably warm temperatures and a good water supply in the soil helped to ensure a homogenous bud-break in September, and a great growth in October-November.
From December to February, the maximum temperatures remained considerably elevated during the day, with a diurnal fluctuation of temperatures particularly high.
Lower temperatures in April slowed down the ripening process to give us the latest harvest date ever, with picking lasting from April 24 to May 24.
Dry conditions and slow ripening contributed to a great accumulation of phenolic compounds, a good balance and an optimal ripeness of the grapes.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
63%
Carménère
26%
Cabernet Franc
9%
Merlot
2%

Barrel Aging: 17 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red,
The nose reveals stable, frank aromas of ripe cassis, plum and blackberries, associated to mineral hints and fine notes of vanilla, coffee, grilled orange zest, tobacco and cacao. The mouth shows outstanding balance, great acidity, a firm tannic structure, and exceptional persistence.
A brilliant wine, elegant, constant and precise in its character, showing a palate of class, with persistent and refined tannins.

Harvest Report

The winter was dry and relatively warm, with a rainfall from June to September of only 292 mm in Puente Alto and 640 mm in Peumo. Budbreak was homogenous, but started later than usual. After a rather warm October, November was quite cool, and a small rain troubled flowering in Puente Alto, limiting the number of berries per bunch of Cabernet Sauvignon. From December to February, the maximum temperatures remained considerably elevated during the day, with an extreme diurnal fluctuation of temperatures. This important factor was key in the development of thick skins with high concentrations in tannins and color.
The hot summer leaded to an early harvest for Merlot (March 26th), but lower temperatures in April slowed down the ripening process to give us a long, slow and late harvest, with picking lasting from April 19 through May 25 in Puente Alto for other varietals, and from May 16 to May 23 on Carménèr from Peumo vineyard.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
64%
Carménère
28%
Cabernet Franc
7%
Merlot
1%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep, intense, opaque ruby red.
The nose reveals a generous and powerful bouquet of blackberries, ripe cassis, licorice and violets, with mineral hints and fine notes of vanilla, coffee, black pepper, incense and dark chocolate. The mouth shows an outstanding balance, full of density, life, roundness and savors. The ripe, silky, concentrated and enrobed tannins give to the wine an incomparable voluptuous texture, as the evolution leaves an impression of plenitude and harmony.
An extraordinary complex and powerful wine, full-bodied, persistent and layered, perfectly balanced by a great acidity.
An exceptional and superb vintage with great aging potential.

Harvest Report

This great vintage was marked by atypical climatic conditions.
The vintage started with an exceptionally cold, dry winter, one of the coldest of the last 40 years, and one of the driest too, with only 146 mm of rainfall from June to September in Puente Alto and 250 mm during the same period in Peumo.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
66%
Carménère
26%
Cabernet Franc
8%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep, intense ruby red.
The nose reveals pure, delicate aromas of ripe blackcurrants, wild strawberries and blackberries, blended with hints of minerals and fine notes of vanilla, coffee, licorice and spices. The mouth shows outstanding balance, a firm tannic structure anbd exceptional length.
The tannins are ripe, refined and concentrated, contributing to the density and elegant texture of the wine.
A complex, graceful and brilliant wine, pure and precise in its mineral character, persistent and layered, harmoniously balanced by a great acidity.

Harvest Report

2009 was a generous year marked by a normal rainfall in winter (312 mm in Puente Alto), a nice spring, a number of bunches higher than usual, a perfect flowering and berry setting, a typical hot and dry summer with the heat of the days always moderated by the cold of the nights, and finally a great quality of fruit, fully ripe, healthy and juicy, with an exceptional smoothness of tannins.
An important work of green harvest was done to reduce the higher yields, mainly on the younger vines, as our older vines of 30 years are naturally producing very low yields (21 hl/ha).
2009 was also an earlier year, from budbreak to harvest, ending in a faster and earlier ripening process. Harvest started with Merlot on March 26th and finished with Carmenere on May 20th, while the Cabernet Sauvignon from Puente Alto was harvested from April 15th to May 15th, and Carmenere from Peumo from May 11th to May 16th.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
73%
Carménère
22%
Cabernet Franc
4%
Merlot
1%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep, intense, ruby red color with purple tones.
The nose is pure, well focused and elegant. Complex and layered, it reveals fresh and delicate aromas of cassis, black berries and violet, associated to fine notes of vanilla, cacao, licorice, and spices. The wine is filling the mouth with smooth, well refined and juicy tannins, underlining the plenitude of the ripe fruit.
The texture is incredibly round and silky, and the finish is long and fleshy.





Harvest Report

A cool Spring generated a great percentage of coulure on Cabernet Sauvignon, resulting finally in a year of very low yields with small bunches and few berries per bunch.
The vintage was also characterized by a very late vegetative and fruit development, 10 to 15 days later than normal, ending in an extremely late ripening process. At the end of April, only 9 % of the grapes were harvested, while 40% of the grapes were already harvested at the same date in 2009. The harvest started ten days later than usual, on April 5 with Merlot, and ended on May 25 with the last Carmenère. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked between April 26 and May 20.
Obviously, 2010 was marked by the severe earthquake that affected all the Centre-South of Chile on February 27th.. The winery and the vineyard facilities did not suffer any damage. However, the vineyards were less irrigated during the first two weeks of March, and the weather happened to be cooler after the earthquake.
All these peculiar conditions favored an extraordinary quality of grapes, full of fresh and ripe fruit, a great level of acidity, elegance and purity.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
61%
Carménère
29%
Cabernet Franc
9%
MerlPetit Verdot
1%

Barrel Aging: 17 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby red, with attractive purple tones.
The nose, elegant and layered, reveals pure and delicate aromas of ripe cassis, blackberries and wild strawberries, nicely associated with vanilla, spices and coffee beans. The mouth shows outstanding balance, great acidity, elegance, freshness and exceptional persistence. The tannins are ripe, round, well condensed and silky, enhancing the dense and fleshy character of the year.
A brilliant wine, constant and precise in its character, all in finesse and harmony.

Harvest Report

The 2011 vintage was dry, with only 176 mm of rainfall—around half of normal—between May and September 2010 in Puente Alto.
The vintage was characterized by a late vegetative and fruit development, with all stages from budbreak to harvest occurring 10 to15 days later than usual. With lower-than-normal temperatures in March and April, the harvest finally occurred 10 days later than in average years.
It started on April 5 with Merlot, and ended on May 25 with the last Carménère. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked between April 20 and May 20.
The yields were lower than normal, especially for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère. The Cabernet Sauvignon berries were particularly small.
Together, these peculiar conditions favored great quality of fruit, elegant and pure, with a notable density of ripe, round tannins.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
67%
Carménère
25%
Cabernet Franc
5%
Merlot
2%
Petit Verdot
1%

Barrel Aging: 17 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

The wine is a deep, intense ruby red. The nose, complex and subtle, reveals delicate and clean aromas of ripe cassis, fig and blackberries, accompanied by vanilla, cacao and toffee notes.
The wine fills the mouth with smooth, well-refined and silky tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance, finesse, persistence and freshness. This is a pure, elegant and layered wine, harmoniously balanced by a great acidity.

Harvest Report

The 2012 vintage was dry, with only 200 mm of rainfall between May through October 2011 in Puente Alto, which was two-thirds of a typical year.
With September being warmer than usual, bud break occurred earlier for Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carménère. However, the lower temperatures in October resulted in a delayed bud break for the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Summer was hot, dry and warmer than the previous two years, with veraison occurring 10 days earlier than normal. March was particularly hot, with the average maximum temperature among the highest historical figures.
Understandably, the 2012 harvest started two weeks earlier than usual. It began on March 15th for the first Merlot and ended on May 18th for the last Carménère. However, most of the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked under lower temperatures, from April 17th through May 14th, as well as for the Carménère from May 8th through 18th.
All of these peculiar conditions favored a great and healthy quality of fruit, with optimal levels of ripeness, concentration and purity.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
65%
Carménère
24%
Cabernet Franc
8%
Petit Verdot
2%
Merlot
1%

Barrel Aging: 19 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep, intense and attractive ruby red color. The bouquet is pure and forward, revealing clean aromas of blackberries, blackcurrant and licorice, associated with subtle notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, incense and spices.
The mouth feel is generous with round, concentrated and refined tannins, underlining a plenitude of ripe fruit. The wine is polished, elegant and focused, ending in a long, dense and fleshy finish. The overall result is a complex and powerful wine, persistent, layered and well balanced.

Harvest Report

Vintage 2013 – Almaviva’s eighteenth harvest – was the longest and latest to date, lasting from April 2 through May 30.
The growing season started with a drier than average winter, yielding only 215 mm of rainfall from May to September 2012. Spring followed with higher rains than usual at 43 mm in October and 30 mm in December. This replenished the soil’s water supply and provided the vines with the necessary reserves to develop evenly throughout the dry summer.
Cooler temperatures in October resulted in a late bud break. In November, the climatic conditions were particularly favorable during flowering, resulting in an overall perfect berry set with a number of bunches higher than usual. Cluster thinning took place to reduce yields, mainly on the younger vines, as the older vines of 35 years produce naturally low yields (20 hl/ha).
The temperatures were globally lower than normal in summer, especially in December. The same tendency was also observed in autumn, with a clear slowing down of the ripening process in April. This was particularly propitious to the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, harvested between April 17 and May 23.

Assemblage

Cabernet Sauvignon
72%
Carménère
19%
Cabernet Franc
6%
Petit Verdot
2%
Merlot
1%

Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Attractive dark crimson, deep and opaque. The nose is pure and layered, revealing delicate and focused aromas of black cherries, ripe cassis and violet associated with black licorice, cacao and toffee notes.
The mouth shows outstanding amplitude and balance, a luscious texture, bright acidity, elegance and persistence. The tannins are fine, smooth and silky, enhancing the fresh and juicy character of the year. Precise and well-built, the wine combines harmoniously elegance and freshness in a cooler and generous vintage.

Harvest Report

The 2014 harvest conditions in Maipo Valley were marked by a drier than average winter, with a cumulative 230 mm of rainfall from May to September 2013. The severe frosts that touched the whole Central Valley of Chile during the second half of September did not affect our estate vines in Puente Alto, as budbreak had not yet occurred. However, it did delay the budding of Cabernet Sauvignon and at the end of November, growth was still very limited. Flowering was rather heterogeneous, ending in a significant level of coulure on the late varieties. The yields on Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere were naturally low, while cluster thinning was applied to the Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot varietals.
Summer was warm and dry, with December and January experiencing higher temperatures and veraison occurring earlier than usual. Ultimately, harvest started earlier than average, yet under optimal conditions with the first Merlot harvested on April 1st, and the last Carmenère on May 16th. This exceptional vintage was truly balanced with expressive fruit, complexity, structure and concentration.

Assemblage
Cabernet Sauvignon
68%
Carménère
22%
Cabernet Franc
8%
Petit Verdot
2%

18 Months, new French oak.


Tasting Notes

The 2014 vintage displays a dark ruby red color, deep and opaque. The nose reveals a generous, layered and powerful bouquet of blueberry, blackberry and blackcurrant, associated with hints of cedar and spices, fine notes of vanilla, walnut, licorice and dark chocolate. Dense and full-bodied, this wine fills the mouth with round, ripe and refined tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance, finesse and persistence. Produced from a superb vintage, this wine strikes a wonderful combination of elegance and power.