100pts James Suckling
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.
99pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Almaviva touched my senses as few wines have. In a lifetime of wines, only a handful have risen to a level beyond the cosmos. At first swirl, sniff, and sip, the wine seemed to be hiding its charms. But with a little time, this one rose to the occasion and transported me into another dimension. This wine offers vibrant aromas and flavors of red and blue fruits and adds a note of perfume and underlying oak. While enticing now, one should give this wine a decade in the cellar. But, if you can't wait, then pull the cork and pair it with a rosemary and garlic-infused, roast leg of lamb. Try a white wine reduction with the pan juices for added pleasure. (Tasted: June 21, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
98pts Tim Atkin
Brilliant winemakers come into their own in difficult vintages and it's fascinating to hear Michel Friou talk about how he dealt with the contrasting challenges of the 2016 and 2017 growing seasons. If the former was very good indeed, the latter is the best young vintage of Almaviva I've ever tasted. It’s a wonderfully complex, harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 23% Carmenère, 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Fine, elegant and subtle, with good density, scented cigarbox oak and a lovely interplay between acidity, cassis and bramble fruit weight and 77% new oak. My Chilean red wine of the year. 2023-32
95pts Tasting Panel
A collaboration between Viña Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild has yielded this remarkable blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Merlot. It’s silky and lush, with length, complexity, and a multifaceted palate of ripe plum, soft herbs, and toasty oak.
94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I retasted the 2016 and 2017 next to the current 2018 to get some comparisons. Tasting the three years side by side, the 2017 Almaviva is clearly the one with more herbal notes and lots of concentration. It was a warm year with low yields and high concentration, but funnily enough, there are more herbaceous notes in the wine. This is a year of power and concentration, but the tannins are nicely coated by juicy fruit. Rating : 94+
94pts Wine Enthusiast
A ruby color with rusty edges and aromas of plum, cherry, cassis, olive, chocolate and spice make for an exciting opening. A structured palate is solid in feel but not hard, while this Cabernetled blend tastes of ripe plum and currant along with oak-based spice. A full finish is generous but mellow, meaning this is drinkable now but should improve over the next several years; drink through 2026.
93pts Wine Spectator
Taut and savory, with loads of freshly crushed green herbal accents to the mineral-infused red currant and plum flavors. Cedary midpalate, featuring a burnished finish filled with spicy notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.
Deep, intense and opaque ruby red. The nose reveals a generous, powerful and layered bouquet of ripe cassis and blackberries, interwoven with hints of mineral, fine notes of vanilla, coffee, black pepper and earth. Dense and full-bodied, the wine fills the mouth with round, ripe and refined tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance and persistence. Produced from an extremely warm, but superb vintage, this well-structured wine of balanced acidity strikes a wonderful combination of elegance and power, with a very promising long aging potential.
Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenère, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot