Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America

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Item No. 94585
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS96
  • WN95
  • RP94
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1995
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes


#12 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008

Don Melchor was hailed the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile by both the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. Named after the founder of the winery, Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, the wine has become a symbol of the best the land and the winemaker's hand can produce in Chile.

The Puente Alto Vineyard in the Maipo Valley has the perfect combination of climate and soils for producing world-class wine: the climate is ideal and predictable, and the soil is poor and gravelly to reduce yields and increase concentration naturally. After fermentation, the wine is matured in the finest French oak barriques for 14 months, followed by another year in the bottle before release.

Ripe fleshy fruit and berries lead off this highly aromatic wine. Later, the tobacco and chocolate come through and marry with the vanilla. Agreeable, mature tannins elegantly convey the best expression of the Puente Alto vines. The pleasant, long finish displays great harmony and balance.

"Still very tight, but the tannins that lead the way now are sleek and refined and should easily meld into the huge core of roasted chestnut, black currant paste, warm fig and tar. Has a long, coffee- and loam-tinged finish. Best from 2009 through 2019." 96 Points,
Wine Spectator

"Inky purple hue. Heady, perfumed scents of maple, cinnamon and blackberry. Juicy, velvety berry fruit explodes on the palate with continued sweet maple flavorings. Tart on a spicy close with focused red and black fruit and silky tannin impressions." 95 Points
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Rating:
(9/28/2010)
While this is a nice cab, I, personally wouldn't have rated it in the 90's. I didn't find it as fruity as advertised and felt that the finish wasn't quite what I was looking for. It is nice, I would drink it again, if offered, but I have had better cab's...and don't think I would buy it again. I think, though, that this is a matter of taste, and this wine simply wasn't to my own taste.
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(9/26/2010)
This is really a world-class Cabernet, offering sumptuous aroma and flavors. If it had come from Napa Valley it would easily cost twice as much. I tried to place a second order just days later but it was already out of stock. If you can get it, snap it up.
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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...

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