Almaviva 2000, Chile

Appearance: Deep garnet in the core, developing into brick-red with a slight brown-orange rim. Sediment present – needs decanting.

Nose: Pronounced oak, dark berries and cassis. Perfumed aromas abound.

Palate/ Flavour: Strong vanilla, oak and dark cherries on the palate with a medium (+) finish. Smooth tannins coated the mouth with a lingering cedar flavour. Still a little astringent but well balanced.

Comments: Paired this with pan seared herb crusted black angus beef. Wine still has potential to age as I feel it could use a few more years in the cellar before it will reach its peak – plenty of fruit coupled with strong tannins. Frankly, I was a little disappointed with this bottle but I guess I shouldn’t have set my expectations so high to begin with.

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