Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (JS-96)
A vintage that has the breadth and depth of a late-harvested vintage with rich, compressed fruit aromas and flavors, as well as dense, ripe tannins and concentrated dark fruit to close. Drink or hold.
Source: 222, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Dec 2015 (RP-94)
The 2013 Almaviva couldn't have had a more different growing season from 2012, as 2013 was wetter and cooler than the average. It was a good year for Cabernet Sauvignon, which took the leading role with a 72% in the final blend alongside 19% Carmenère (a grape that tends to suffer in cooler years), 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. It had a classical vinification in stainless steel and an élevage of 18 months in 74% new French barriques. In the last few years, the blend comes from approximately two-thirds older vines (37-years-old) and one-third from younger ones (11-years-old); for other parts of the world, this might seem young, but in this part of Chile where the vines do not tend to have a long life, they are relatively old. 2013 was also a higher-yielding vintage, which somehow helped produce balanced juice. The wine is fresher and more fluid, not as concentrated as previous vintages. It has a subtle nose with very nicely integrated spicy aromas from the élevage. The palate is very approachable, soft and velvety, with very good balance and a fine texture because of the very fine tannins. In a way it reminds me of the texture of the 2006, which is possibly the most Burgundian of their vintages. Yes, it's still a baby, but a baby that is approachable from now on, and should have a long life and development in bottle. 165,000 bottles were filled between January 5th and 14th of 2015.
Drink Date 2016 - 2033
CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 72%
CARMÉNÈRE - 19%
CABERNET FRANC - 6%
PETIT VERDOT - 2%
MERLOT - 1%
Barrel Aging: 18 Months, new French oak.
Vintage 2013 – Almaviva’s eighteenth harvest – was the longest and latest to date, lasting from April 2 through May 30.
The growing season started with a drier than average winter, yielding only 215 mm of rainfall from May to September 2012. Spring followed with higher rains than usual at 43 mm in October and 30 mm in December. This replenished the soil’s water supply and provided the vines with the necessary reserves to develop evenly throughout the dry summer.
Cooler temperatures in October resulted in a late bud break. In November, the climatic conditions were particularly favorable during flowering, resulting in an overall perfect berry set with a number of bunches higher than usual. Cluster thinning took place to reduce yields, mainly on the younger vines, as the older vines of 35 years produce naturally low yields (20 hl/ha). The temperatures were globally lower than normal in summer, especially in December. The same tendency was also observed in autumn, with a clear slowing down of the ripening process in April. This was particularly propitious to the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, harvested between April 17 and May 23.
Attractive dark crimson, deep and opaque. The nose is pure and layered, revealing delicate and focused aromas of black cherries, ripe cassis and violet associated with black licorice, cacao and toffee notes.
The mouth shows outstanding amplitude and balance, a luscious texture, bright acidity, elegance and persistence. The tannins are fine, smooth and silky, enhancing the fresh and juicy character of the year. Precise and well-built, the wine combines harmoniously elegance and freshness in a cooler and generous vintage.