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2003 Almaviva Puente Alto Red

  • 95 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 73430-2003

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($48-$70) Saturated ruby. Explosive, powerful aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry, cherry preserves and smoked meat, complicated further by notes of licorice, an almost iron-like peaty quality and espresso. Broad, dense and lush, the dark fruit qualities repeating with great authority on the palate and showing impressive sweetness but also focus and persistence. This has the length and complexity of a high-end Bordeaux, and a concentration and sweetness that bode well for long-term development. Finishes with thick, harmonious tannins and a lingering note of blackcurrant. As good a wine as I've tasted from Chile to date. Almaviva is a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Chateau Mouton-Rothschild) and Concha y Toro. This wine trades on the Bordeaux market; the price above is as a futures purchase.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: March/April 2006
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, CarmenŠre 24%, Cabernet Franc 3%. Dark crimson. Intense nose and a return of some Bordeaux dry character. Sweet start that is then reined in by savoury tannins and a very convincing structure. Still extremely young but the alcohol is well contained. This should drink well over a long period.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2003 Almaviva is a real blockbuster, powerhouse vintage for this estate. With an inky blue/purple color, a beautiful nose of camphor, charcoal, blueberry, blackberry, and some spicy but subtle new oak, the wine is quite full-bodied, powerful, rich, but with silky tannins and loads of glycerin. This could turn out to be one of the all-time great wines released by this partnership and should continue to drink well for another two decades. (Note: The 2003 was tasted and reviewed by Robert Parker.)
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Very dense, with loads of raspberry ganache, black currant and fig fruit layered with loam, tobacco, mineral and cedar notes. Lots of grip on the finish, with impressive balance between the tannins, acidity and oak. Built like a Pauillac. Cabernet Sauvignon, CarmenŠre and Cabernet Franc. 10,000 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Needs a LOT more time in the bottle. This wine is HUGE. Definitely on the fruit bomb side...much different than the 2001. Lots of dark cherry and rasberry...even hints of blueberry. Tannins are still quite firm and there is a hint of acidity. Will be interesting to try this wine in another 5 or 6 years.
    Author: dvaldosf
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Notes from memory. Dark in color, full and complex aromas of red fruits, earth, Subtle spice, Cedar. Much better than the 99
    Author: Koby
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Rich, brooding, chalky, and big. Slightly one dimensional and not as many layers as I expected but overall this was a great wine. Give it an hour or two to show life.
    Author: cloudon
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very new world, on the bold, sweet side. Needs some time or decanting to open up. Like a good California Cab
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Wao very bordeaux style but with the Chilean roots of what Cabernet in those terroir are! The bordeaux nose but with the hint of vegetable, green pepper, very good balance and good fruit core as well excellent fine tannins, medium to long finish...exquisite and enjoy now as well next 3yrs on its prime
    Drink Dates: 2008-2018
    Author: Jito72

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1315 bottles owned
  • 212 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 212 collectors)