Almaviva, Maipo Valley 2000

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Almaviva is the name of both winery and wine born of the joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Viña Concha y Toro. It is also that of Pierre de Beaumarchais' character, the "Count of Almaviva" in his Marriage of Figaro, a work Wolfang Amadeus Mozart later turned into one of the most popular operas ever. The classical epithet, laid out in Pierre de Beaumarchais' fair hand, shares the label with insignia of pre-hispanic roots symbolizing a union of European and American cultures that at every level has created successive bonds over centuries that have evolved a unique identity. The recent synthesis of French tradition and American soil has delivered an exceptional wine embodying the best of both worlds, a Primer Orden that really shines.

92 Wine Enthusiast - Just the fifth vintage of this Concha y Toro/Baron Rothschild joint venture superbly blends the robust with the reserved... the wine is ripe, with cassis and licorice aromas and expressive currant and plum flavors. The tannins are mild, the finish deep with plum and coffee.
91 Wine Spectator - The currant, cedar, mineral and cocoa flavors smolder underneath the fleshy, enveloping mouthfeel, with a wall of ripe, finely grained tannins taking over on the smoky finish... clearly outstanding. Cabernet Sauvignon with Carmenère.
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