- Blend84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
- WinemakerMichel Friou
- RegionMaipo Valley
- AppellationPuente Alto
Almaviva Red Epu Maipo Valley 2019
Welcome, for the first time in North America, Almaviva’s “Epu” red blend. When two of the greatest houses of their respective countries combine their centuries of experience, wisdom, and creativity to fashion a wine… you’d best take note. Such has been the case of Almaviva - a Franco-Chilean endeavor that has been sought with fervor by the most impassioned collectors for nearly two decades. The flagship wine has years of critical praise and has inspired a frenzy of Indiana Jones level treasure seekers, while still remaining relatively off-the-radar in the wine world at large (check our write-up on big brother, here).
We expect all that to change, in a big way, with the first international release of “Epu”. Technically, it’s a second label, but think more along the lines of Screaming Eagle’s “The Flight” or Scarecrow’s “M. Etain”... this is a serious wine, with spectacular pedigree and the full attention and artistry of the winemaking team. Weighing in at 84% cabernet sauvignon, 13% carmenere, 2% merlot and 1% cabernet franc, this wine is sure to inspire enthusiasts all its own. Less ripe than its sibling, this wine showcases the nuance and delicate notes of a fine Bordeaux. Blue fruits, fresh flowers, and a Mediterranean spice market highlight the aromas, with silky tannins and casual elegance building through to the wine’s glorious crescendo. A single year in once-used barrels keeps things both fresh and creamy, with the perfect drink-me-now or drink-me-later appeal.
The vineyards are high elevation, with rocky and loamy soils providing additional stress to complement the region’s Mediterranean climate. Hot days and cool nights help preserve the grapes’ acidity throughout the growing season—allowing for both power and elegance to balance the resulting wine. Wow, deja vu! That is exactly what you’d say about Howell Mountain… or Pritchard Hill, Atlas Peak, Stagecoach or a handful of other spots found here in the best of Napa’s Hillside Vineyards. It couldn’t possibly be a coincidence!
Did we mention $55?!?! Early adopters, value collectors, and wine lovers in general… you need some of this wine! Hardly any to be had, so go, go, GO!
PAIRING IDEAS: Ever heard the phrase "What grows together, goes together”? These Empanadas de Pino are point-in-fact proof of that. Ground beef, onions, olives, raisins and hard-boiled eggs make THE authentic Chilean snack.
MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Almaviva is named for the Count and hero in Beaumarchais classic “The Marriage of Figaro”. Mozart made it into a comedic opera, but you’ve heard this tune in countless modern films. “Trading Places” for me!