Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
The 2003 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2006
Color: Bright ruby-red.
Bouquet: Expressive and complex chocolate, black
cherry and ripe plum mingle with coffee and cassis.
Taste: Red fruit features in a dense, full-bodied wine
whose fine, ripe tannins lead into a big, long and
Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon is appropriate
with any hearty dish, especially lamb and steak.
"The 2007 Don Melchor (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc) was sourced from the Puente Alto Vineyard in Maipo at over 2100 feet of elevation. The wine was aged for 15 months in 78% new French oak. It sports an incipiently complex bouquet of toasty oak, pencil lead, exotic spices, incense, violets, and black currant, and blackberry. Structured and styled much like a classified growth Medoc, it has the balance to evolve for at least 6-8 years. Patience will be required because this tightly wound effort has much more to reveal. It should be most memorable when it attains its peak.
The Wine Advocate
"Still a touch tight, but dense, focused and layered, with well-integrated structure underneath loam, blackberry, espresso, tobacco and sage notes. The long finish has nice drive, with the loam edge stretching out. This has the poise and balance for cellaring. Drink now through 2017."
"Deep, a bit reduced on the nose, and full as can be, with blackberry, cassis and prune aromas. The palate is super rich and concentrated, and frankly a bit heady. Flavors of burnt brown sugar, toast, tobacco, pepper and baked berry fruits are delicious, and the finish is dense and long. Drinkable now but best in another two to four years. This marks the 20th anniversary of Concha y Toro's Don Melchor Cabernet."
"Glass-staining ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and potpourri, made more complex by notes of musky herbs and tobacco. The yield in '07 was reportedly pitifully low but this wine comes off as lithe and energetic, with excellent clarity and sweet red fruit character. Finishes with noteworthy length, clarity and a juicy red fruit character, and with very soft tannins. This will drink well young or with age. I also had the chance to re-visit the 2006 Don Melchor, and it has put on weight and richness since last year, but with no loss of vivacity. I'd keep my hands off my bottles for at least another five years.
International Wine Cellar
"Enrique Tirado blends Concha y Toro's top cabernet from a terrace above the Maipo River, where the vines were planted in the mid-1970s. The warm 2007 vintage produced a robust and generous Don Melchor, succulent in its blackberry jam flavors accompanied by mocha notes. It’s a powerful wine to drink now with roast lamb or to cellar for at least three years."
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