I 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.
CONCHA 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!
- Big & Bold
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.
- Big & Bold
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.