($65; 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% carmenere) Ruby-red.Understated redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by smoky herbs, tobacco and minerals. Graceful red fruit flavors stain the palate, taking a bitter cherry turn on the firmly tannic but silky finish and leaving behind a strong impression of floral pastille. This is one suave, deep wine. (Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, New York, NY)
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Offers nice alluring aromas of cocoa powder, cedar and currant preserve. This is admirably ripe for the vintage, with well-structured plum sauce, graphite, loam and spice flavors moving through the fine-grained finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and CarmenA?Are."
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2004 Almaviva is tyled similar to the 2005. The multi-faceted aromatics deliver vanilla, clove, floral notes, red and black currants, and a hint of chocolate. It is a bit more forward than the 2005 with excellent focus and delineation. Give this elegant yet concentrated wine 3-5 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030.
From magnum. This lacked the soul and complexity of the 2001 we consumed three years ago, but that's understandable, considering the blend of the vintage in question consists of only two varietals (Cab. Sauvignon and Cab. Franc). While the experience of drinking this was one-note, it was quite delicious, ripe-tasting and a good match for grilled NY steak in chimichurri sauce. Upon opening, it was austere, really tight and overly acidic. But with 45 minutes of air, it opened up nicely and became more corpulent and generous, which balanced out the acidity and tannins. From that point forward it didn't budge much. I don't think more bottle time will improve this, so drink up.
Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Self | Rating: 93
Very good as good as the 03 very similar just a little more green notes but has the great fruit quality, body, concentration, nice finesse and pretty long finish. Very pleasurable, high quality.