Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding dark ruby red wine with bell pepper, smoke and eucalyputus aromas. The wine is aged for 18 months in one-, two and three-year-old French oak barrels, and then aged a further 2 months after bottling. It is an appetizing, smooth, well-rounded and tasteful wine. Black currants flavors, well-balanced with a long finish. Enjoy this fine Cabernet Sauvignon with red meats, cheeses and pasta.
Wine & Spirits - "Concha y Toro offers three Upper Maipo cabernets, including this latest release from the warm and dry 2008 vintage. Marcelo Papa oversees the viticulture and winemaking for Marqués, grown at a vineyard on alluvial soils just east of Don Melchor’s vines. The wine is both tense and intense, the ripe flavors concentrated, almost explosive with blueberry and black cherry notes set off by a hint of menthol. It’s a big wine, even bigger than its neighbor Melchor, but with a more refined structure, built on a foundation of fine tannins that sustains the tension between fruit and texture. A wine to cellar for at least five years."
Wine Spectator - "Rock-solid, with nicely integrated structure for the vintage, allowing the full-bodied core of loam, blackberry, fig sauce and raspberry to stretch out, with lingering mint and cocoa notes on the plush, fleshy finish. Drink now through 2011."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with 6% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot with the grapes sourced from the Puente Alto Vineyard in Maipo. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 39% new. Aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, violets, and black currant set the stage for an elegant, smooth-textured, spicy wine with a firm underlying structure and a lengthy, pure finish. This outstanding value may well evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now."
Wine Enthusiast - "Stands out for its fruit quality, balance and structure. The nose is strong and piercing with charred notes, black fruit aromas and depth. Ripe and clean in the mouth, with elevated blackberry flavors and a chewy, meaty mouthfeel. Toasty and tasting of black licorice on the finish. A serious, well-made Chilean Cab to drink now through 2012."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky-purple. High-pitched aromas of black raspberry and cherry are complicated by notes of sandalwood and cola. Deeply concentrated but light on its feet, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and good tangy acidity. Repeats the red fruit note on a long, sappy, smooth finish. This wine is built to age but offers a lot of sex appeal now. "
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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
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 9
- 4 Stars: 7
- 3 Stars: 6
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 1
24 ratings, 8 with reviews58/15/2012This is seriously one of my favorite wines of all time. Concha y Toro really knows what they are doing! Rich, smooth, chewy... full of fruit. A areal value under $20.00412/14/2011A very drinkable Cabernet. A very good value.bradj - Charlotte, NC54/28/201234/23/2012SpicyKarl Biesemier - Lynchburg, VA32/25/2012Mimi La Borracha - Saint Augustine, FL32/3/2012
I was a little disappointed in this Cab. probably should have taken a taxi. I was looking for a smoother finish.richard hirsch - Denver, CO34/4/2011WJCP - Hudson, MA31/15/2012512/20/2011
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Long, delicious and complex. Would be great with some meat. A nice value at this price as well!Tim Hankins - Sudbury, MA412/15/2011qbnhog - Alamo, TX412/8/2011Merle Lowe - Harleysville, PA110/2/2011Yvonne Burke - Fort Belvoir, VA510/1/2011
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Vladimir - Wilmington, MA59/24/2011JoAnn Dionysus - Chicago, IL29/18/201138/18/2011
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Jerome Beazley - Esmont, VA46/20/2011JulieShah - Palo Alto, CA46/18/2011Wonderful table wine - great with pastas and cheese.56/7/201145/29/2011
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Had Memorial Day weekend at the beach. Very flavorful.marviemom - Neenah, WI54/2/2011
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This wine is delicious complex, full and smoothRichard Gray - West Palm Beach, FL45/9/201154/4/2011Ralph Murphy - Dallas, TX54/2/2011
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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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