Made of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Colour is purple turning brick brown with red hues on the sides. Engaging bright red fruits shining on the nose.
On the palate the tannins are still evident with a grippy mouthfeel. Some spices and bitter notes on the finish. Oak is evident in the body with ripe plum characteristics. High levels of alcohol in the finish.
Coffee, cassis and liquorice notes started appearing after 15 minutes. The structure of the wine is still holding up after almost 20 years, although it lacks the freshness and acidity of the younger vintages.
Nez assez aromatique de cassis, de cuir, de prune, de tabac et de chêne. En bouche, les tanins sont assez beaux, le fruit est long, mais l'alcool (13,5%) dérange un peu. Bon, mais ne vaut JAMAIS les plus de 150$ que la SAQ demande pour ce vin dans ses millésimes actuels, encore moins considérant le 15% d'alcool qu'il a désormais!
Grenat sombre. Au nez plus qu’en bouche, il y a un beau côté végétal, du fruit, une bonne doses de saveurs d’épices, un peu de bois, de chocolat amer. Bordelais d’approche, mais chilien dans l’âme. Peut tenir un autre 10 ans. Excellent. Fait 13,5% d’alcool.
A few weeks ago, I drank a Don Melchor 1999 and qualified as the best Chilean wine and without competitors there. Well, the bidder appeared and overcame. This Almaviva 1997 is a wine with an stunning level of elegance. In the mouth, it is more intense and complex than the Angelus 1997. On the nose, less elegant. Among the three tasters, two elected it the best wine of the night, beating the Chateau Montrose 1995, Chateau Pichon Lalande 2003 and Chateau Angelus 1997. In my opinion, the Chateau Angelus 1997 was better, because deeply appreciate the flavors. Very difficult decision. When you see the evolution of this 1997 Almaviva and Don Melchor 1999, it appears that may be a big mistake, drink some Chilean wines young, as suggested by American magazines such as Wine Spectator. Drunk on Freddy restaurant in São Paulo - Brazil
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