| Vinous 94 points (Feb 2014)
(made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, cabernet franc and petit verdot): Opaque purple. Ripe cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco and vanilla on the highly perfumed nose, with a subtle smoky overtone. Fleshy dark fruit liqueur flavors are supported by zesty acidity and become spicier with aeration. Shows a compelling blend of depth, power and vivacity, finishing sweet and persistent, with harmonious tannins and lingering dark berry and vanilla qualities.
Wine Advocate 92 points (Jun 2014)
The 2010 Almaviva is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend complemented with Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, and for the first time in 2010, a small quantity of Petit Verdot. 2010 was a cool vintage, giving the wine an herbaceous character with good freshness and balance. It is still young with some lactic notes and some aromas derived from the elevage (roasted coffee and dark chocolate), with terse black fruit and some beef blood overtones. This vintage seems to be a worthy follower of the 2005, with sweet round tannins, intense flavors, very good balance and the stuffing to live a long life in bottle. Drink 2015-2025.