Don Melchor is the flagship wine of Concha y Toro, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee that was started in 1987, making it Chile’s senior icon. I feel confident about this because the winery kindly sent along a 1993 and a 1995 Don Melchor to provide context. The 1993 (94 points) reveals the nuance of a well-aged wine but with the balance to provide pleasure for another 10-15 years. The 1995 (95 points) is a bit rounder and more elegant, also with another 10-15 years of prime drinking ahead."
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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
Deep-ruby red. Ripe plums, cassis, chocolate and tobacco, accompanied with notes of vanilla on the nose. Elegant, full-bodied with mature tannins, which make the wine complex and pleasant.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon is a glass-coating opaque purple with an alluring bouquet of toast, tobacco, cedar, leather, mocha, and blackcurrant. Sweet, voluptuous (but not in a fruit bomb kind of way), layered, and complex already, its superb balance will ensure at least a decade of evolution and it should drink well through 2036.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Deep, dense purple robe. Pretty bouquet of plum, raisin and cherry. Grainy tannins on entry with loads of tar and jammy black fruit. Concentrated, powerful fruit flavors with well-integrated, maple-tinged tannins."
Wine Spectator - "A dark, muscular style, with black currant, braised fig, maduro tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and loam notes that all roll together through the dense but polished finish. There's impressive power for the vintage, along with precision and balance. Drink now through 2018."
Wine Enthusiast - "The price for one of Chile's flagship wines keeps climbing, but fortunately so does the quality. Winemaker Enrique Tirado has crafted yet another pounding, saturated Cabernet. It’s wonderfully meshed yet potent and fierce. Boysenberry, cassis and kirsch flavors control the extracted palate, while the finish is warm, creamy and fun, sort of like a milkshake. At 14.5%, Melchor is at its max. Hold until 2010 and then drink through 2015."
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Vina Concha y Toro Winery
Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 135 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 9,500 hectares of prime vineyards, which allows the company to secure the highest quality grapes for its wine production. Concha y Toro’s portfolio includes a wide range of successful brands at every price point, from the top of the range Don Melchor and Almaviva to the flagship brand Casillero del Diablo and innovative stand-alone brands such as Palo Alto and Maycas del Limarí. The company has 3,162 employees and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. View all Vina Concha y Toro Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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9 ratings, 5 with reviewsChris Yount - San Diego, CA58/7/2009I am not a wine reviewer but just some one that loves good Cabernet so if you are expecting to see words like cherry and smokey to describe this wine I am sorry it's just not my style. I will tell you this though, this is an excellent wine, smooth with a very surprising and enjoyable taste. Before I rook my first sip I was expecting the typical smooth semi fruity flavor but this was a shocker. Very creamy which is something I wasn't expecting.John Groth - Grand Rapids, MI54/23/2009CONCHA y TORO Don Melchor 2006 Puente Alto, Chile; Desde 1883 Okay, I bought this rare prize from local Wine specialty shop, contained within giant super store, courtesy education grazie to Steward David Stanley, who is doing a great job revamping the actual wine market for this whole Super store chain, all by his lonesome self. Bravo David, e continuare prego lo sforzo eccellente portare in vini fini intorno dal lui mondo. (and please to keep up the excellent effort to bring in fine wines from around the world.) Initial bottle whiffs reveal bright red raspberry notes, just a hint charred pineapple, slight yeast roll dough. The nose in der glass turns to deep bouquet e deep dark kirsch and black fruits like currant, the lava flow soft coats the glass with each revolution, as if in slow-mo and ist completely pitch Black Lagoon like velvet opaqueness. A time warp of minutes to allow it to open, first sip brings again deepness, a huge fruit balance, a giant layered lush mouthful, not in any sense harsh but a impact statement of ageless tannin structures and construct like unto “go ahead, give me 10 more years, then I’ll really show thy something!” This moves through to a graceful introduction on palette with a midweight mass, or mouthfeel, but not heavy, of lava flow smooth consistency and endless layering of flavors, like a stroll down a never ending dark hallway lit with black lights, savory spice edges, counter wt. of restrained acidity, easy luxury und so very eloquent. This is lovely, noble, stilted, black currants cassis flows like electricity with no shock, just old-friend re-assurance finish, lasting some 43 seconds, serving up messages of ‘age me as thou will, I am here in quiet gloriousness and pageantry..’ -I checked the temp: exactly 66 degrees… so I slowly lowered it to near 55. Was it even more spectacular? Yes, yes it was. Lowering the temp opened up and filled in and softened the tannin structures like cranking up a 2000 sub woofer in the Hummer, and sparkled more spice edge layered over this foundation as well as any Monster Red like this would have…Call it Señor Don Merchorica a Cabernet Monstrosorus from Chile, but no terror here, just exquisite terrior in full display. Amen to that. I am looking so forward to opening the 2nd bottle next weekend adventure in vin? Is truly like a the experiencing the trappings of life in the Palace at Versailles for the cost of a LUX POD condo in downtown London. Go forth and try it: Salute!Rob Guimaraes - Nashville, TN56/23/2014
This is absolutely ready right now. Saturated, mahogany-scented black raspberry and sweet cavendish tobacco nose with perfumed black cherry, red mulch, and bramble notes. Decadent, muscular extraction on the palate: cherry, black raspberry, incense-infused black plums, and acai berries followed by hints of dusty almonds, bourbon caramel, and bits of cinnamon. Massive and gorgeous. 97.43/30/2013210/9/2012Randy Blanton - Kyle, TX47/3/2011
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Complex and polished! The nose is filled with a floral bouquet and rich, dark fruit. Black cherry, creme de cassis, and mocha graced the pallate. The tannins and fruit were wonderfully balanced; however, the tannins softened as the wine breathed. The wine provided a long, silky finish reminiscent of dark chocolate. This is an exceptional, highly recommended vintage.Tex Fandango - Pompano Beach, FL512/15/2011IB - San Diego, CA410/7/2011410/11/2010the nose was very complex and paulliac like with the oak scent. the taste and finish however was too simple/plain. 2006 definitely needs a good hour of decanting to smooth out the tannin.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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