The new 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of South American 'Icon Wines' whites (see blue link below). We cannot obtain the 2014 yet but offer the 2011.
Baron PdR CyT Almaviva 2014 - October 2017 Decanter review
41 hectares of the Puente Alto vineyard were set aside in the 90's to produce top quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes for a joint venture with Baronne Philippine de Rothschild, aiming to create Chile's best red wine. With 3 years of maturity, it is beginning to reveal its pedigree with elegant, complex flavours and an aristocratic length & firm tannins. As Almaviva put it:
Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures. Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir-faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile itself and in the international market.
The 2011 vintage was dry, with only 176 mm of rainfall - around half of normal - between May and September 2010 in Puente Alto. The vintage was characterized by a late vegetative and fruit development, with all stages from budbreak to harvest occurring 10 to15 days later than usual. With lower-than-normal temperatures in March and April, the harvest finally occurred 10 days later than in average years. It started on April 5 with Merlot, and ended on May 25 with the last Carménère. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked between April 20 and May 20. The yields were lower than normal, especially for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère. The Cabernet Sauvignon berries were particularly small. Together, these peculiar conditions favored great quality of fruit, elegant and pure, with a notable density of ripe, round tannins.
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Barrel-aged for 17 months in new French oak.
The wine is a deep, intense ruby red. The nose, complex and subtle, reveals delicate and clean aromas of ripe cassis, fig and blackberries, accompanied by vanilla, cacao and toffee notes. The wine fills the mouth with smooth, well-refined and silky tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance, finesse, persistence and freshness. This is a pure, elegant and layered wine, harmoniously balanced by a great acidity.