Puente Alto 1997 Almaviva
Almaviva, the joint venture between Mouton-Rothschild's Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Chile's Concha y Toro has fashioned a worthy successor to their vaunted 1996 (rated a 92 by Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate's Issue 122). The dark ruby-colored 1997 Almaviva exhibits aromas of black currants, blackberries, and loads of grilled oak spices. Cassis, assorted dark fruits, and layers of creamy wood flavors are found in this full-bodied and superbly concentrated wine. It is opulent, complex, intense, and loaded with ripe, round tannins.
A gorgeous, fully mature wine, with alluring mint and black tea aromas giving way to a supple palate of mulled fig, plum and cherry fruit all laced with hints of iron and mesquite. The finish is long finish, with no firm edges. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc.