($45-$60) Dense ruby color. Cassis, cherry preserve and dark plums tinged with oak spices on the nose, with suggestions of cured tobacco and fresh herbs. A supple midweight with rich dark berry flavors and strong suggestions of bitter chocolate and cracked pepper that build with air. Impressive for the vintage and already showing well. Finishes with silky tannins and repeating exotic oak tones.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
A powerhouse, especially for the vintage, with black currant, coffee, bittersweet cocoa, loam and toast aromas and flavors that run along ripe tannins. Big, lush finish is filled with dark fruit and tar. Combines Maipo terroir with a modern style. 10,000 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, CarmenŠre 29%, Cabernet Franc 4%. Rain threatened so the grapes were picked earlier than anticipated. Blackish crimson. Full, sweet, luscious nose ? ultra-ripe. Very ripe black fruit flavours and then some marked fine tannins. Lots of careful cellar work in this but a bit hot. Chewy and angular. This may never be perfectly resolved.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2002 Almaviva is the finest produced to date by this joint venture between Vina Concha y Toro and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine has a saturated, opaque, black ruby color as well as nose of sweet dark fruits, spices, and vanilla-laced smoky new oak. On the palate, this medium to full-bodied effort is broad, lush, and velvety-textured. Blackberries, cassis liqueur, and black cherries make up this deep, seamless wine's flavor profile. It is concentrated, has outstanding balance, and a long, suave, ripe tannin-filled finish.