Puente Alto 1996 Almaviva
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere|
The partnership of Philippine de Rothschild of Mouton-Rothschild and Concho y Toro produced this exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine (there is also Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend), which takes its name from a character in The Marriage of Figaro. With wine making assistance from Mouton's team of experts, this estate has produced a saturated ruby/purple-colored wine with elegant, complex notes of cassis, pain grille, cedar, and tobacco. Soft, rich, and multidimensional, this full-bodied wine possesses exquisite complexity and a layered texture with no hard edges. Drinkable already, it promises to improve for 7-8 years, and last for 12 or more. This wine is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 1. This wine may appear expensive vis a vis the run of the mill juice coming out of Chile, but in today's marketplace, this effort is sensibly priced. Serious wine tasters should give it a try.
Winespectator / James Suckling (89)
Just on the downside now, with light leafy notes moving in on the tea, cedar, coffee and baked plum notes. The cedar hangs on the softening finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc.