Viva Almaviva Almaviva 2005
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In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A., sealed a partnership agreement with a view to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva. Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage achieved immediate international success upon its launch in 1998.
Rich, elegant and has great balance! Delicious and had only been open half an hour! - WS Grand Tour 2011
6/14/16 = 36/50
old, obscure scoring method: (2/2.5/3/3) [5/9/13=27+/-5 out of 30?]
Excellent. Strong and complex.
This wine here in Brazil has an excellent tradition, BUT it is really expensive around US$ 225 or R$ 438 which makes it harder to have it on regular basis.
WS 95 beber 2011-2018
I'm not at that level where I feel I can give a great review, but to put it simple, it is one of the better wines I have had in my life (which is so far very few, since I just started wine tasting and experimenting this year). More info: http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=369849 http://www.bridgeviewliquor.com/sku02211.html
External Reviews for Viva Almaviva Almaviva
The 2000 Mouton Rothschild is at its best with about 24ndash;48 hours of decanting. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, the wine offers a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to reticent but promising aromas of toast, coffee, licorice, creme de cassis, and roasted nuts. Dense, chewy, and backward, with tremendous purity and density in addition to obvious toasty oak, it is full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and backward. Twenty-four to 48 hours of aeration only hints at its ultimate potential. This blockbuster will be exceptionally long-lived. It is not as expressive as the other first-growth Medocs, but give it time. As I predicted in my first report on the millennium vintage (April, 2001), Philippine de Rothschild could be expected to do something special with her presentation of 2000. She has exceeded everyonersquo;s expectations with a work of art. Those who have seen the extraordinary packaging of the 2000 Mouton Rothschild must certainly realize this is a brilliant achievement. The bottle is extraordinary, and likely to have nearly as much value empty as full! Her genius is obvious, but itrsquo;s whatrsquo;s inside that counts! Anticipated maturity: 2015ndash;2050+.
Mouton-Rothschildrsquo;s 1994 is undoubtedly a success. Made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, most of the harvest was completed between September 22ndash;25, with a small percentage of the grapes picked as late as October 2. The wine possesses a healthy dark purple color, and Moutonrsquo;s tell-tale, sexy nose of coffee, fruitcake, cassis, and spices. Rich, with medium to full body and undeniable power, this is a concentrated, structured wine with enough fat, flesh, and extraction to balance out the winersquo;s formidable tannin level. It possesses better integration of new oak, as well as richer, riper fruit than I found in the 1990, 1989, or 1988. The 1994, which follows a strong effort from Mouton in 1993, was made in smaller quantities, as Mouton produced 20% less wine in 1994 than 1993. A riper, more tannic, fatter, complete and complex wine than the 1993, it should be cellared for 10 years and will last for 30+ years.
Mouton does it again. Terrific winemaking here, with black currant, tobacco and chocolate aromas and flavors. Itrsquo;s full-bodied with wonderfully silky texture. Better after 1998.
Considering the vintages and the estate, Moutonrsquo;s performances in 1989 and 1990 are puzzling. I have tasted these wines multiple times since my last reviews appeared in print. The 1989 Mouton-Rothschild is the superior wine, but in no sense is this a compelling wine if compared to the Moutons produced in 1995, 1986, and 1982. The 1989 displays a dark ruby color that is already beginning to reveal significant lightening at the edge. The bouquet is surprisingly evolved, offering up scents of cedar, sweet black fruits, lead pencil, and toasty oak. This elegant, medium-bodied restrained wine is beautifully made, stylish, and not dissimilar to the 1985. It is an excellent to outstanding Mouton that should be close to full maturity in 4ndash;5 years; it will drink well for 15ndash;20.
Full ruby-red. Explosive, superripe aromas of black raspberry, currant, graphite and tobacco leaf. Outsized, opulent and generous; this big boy saturates the entire mouth. There’s an almost exotic character to the plum and cedar flavors. Spreads out impressively on the back end, coating the palate with ripe tannins. The 2006 is at once finer and more powerful, with more noble tannins, but this is more opulent.
Blackberry, cherry and currant with just a hint of toasted oak. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely combination of ripe fruit and vanilla character. Goes on and on. Long and very stylish. Balanced and refined. Best after 2011.
Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is ldquo;great stuff,rdquo; with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2030.
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Dietary Information: Organic
|Sugar: 1.50 g/l grams per liter|
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