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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Chile
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Winemaker Notes

Deep cherry red in the glass. The aroma of this wine is elegant and complex, brimming with notes of black currants and spice complemented by chocolate and tobacco. Soft tannins give way to evolving freshness with an elegant, persistent finish.

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James Suckling
Gorgeous aromas of eucalyptus, black currants, berries and stones. Medium to full body, fine tannins and tension. Firm, caressing texture. This remains one of the top cabs of Chile as always. Better in 2017.
D 95
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With 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and some drops of Cabernet Franc, this comes form the tradtional Tocornal Vineyard, planted in the mid-1970s. A cold vintage reveals its herbal, spicy, flavors, but above all a crunchy, vivacious acidity and pungent tannins that need time in a bottle. A brilliant version of a classic.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Rich and powerful, with balanced and elegant flavors of dried raspberry, mocha, mineral and dark chocolate. Creamy midpalate, presenting a broad and lush finish, revealing slate and white pepper notes. Drink now through 2022.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of top wines of the year, the 2011 Concha y Toro Don Melchor is a super, world-class wine that exceeds many of the best from around the globe. Medium to deep ruby color; dense and under-the-radar aromas of red and black currants, super young now and just a bit unsettled, strong suggestion of greatness to come; medium bodied, refined on the palate, sweet tannins give the wine form; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; bright red fruit flavors, with a hint of mineral and dried earth; medium finish, lively long red fruit; bright; black currants in the aftertaste. (Tasted: June 1, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I tasted three bottled vintages of the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puente Alto appellation in the Maipo Valley, the classical zone for the Bordeaux grape in Chile, starting with the 2011 Don Melchor; this wine had plenty of aromas of graphite, iron, cold ashes, blood and fresh meat -- denoting freshness and seriousness. This year only has 1% Cabernet Franc blended in -- one of the lower, if not the lowest years ever. With time, the more balsamic aromas emerge, which also gives some brightness and light to the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with some sweet fruit and the core of fine-grained, classical Cabernet tannins. This is a fresh, elegant vintage of Don Melchor, a prototype Cabernet from Alto Maipo.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
As per usual, Don Melchor is singing a pretty tune. Deep, dense aromas of floral berry fruits and tarry darkness are solid and complete. Pure, elegant and confident across the palate, this delivers firm cassis, plum and cherry flavors backed by a toasty finish accented by licorice. This is rich and brawny but not heavy; drink through 2023.
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Don Melchor, Maipo Valley, Chile
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The story of the Don Melchor wine begins in the mid-1980s when the Chilean wine industry was undergoing another transformation and beginning to create very high quality wines. A dream began to take shape at Viña Concha y Toro that would eventually change the future of Chilean wines forever and Peynaud immediately recognized the excellence of the wines from that terroir and suggested that his closest colleague, Jacques Boissenot, consultant for renowned French châteaux, lead the project.

The adventure had already begun two years earlier, when Mr. Eduardo Guilisasti insisted that his son Rafael and winemaker Goetz Von Gersdorff travel to Bordeaux, France to meet with the renowned French maestro Emilie Peynaud, considered the father of modern winemaking. They showed him the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puente Alto Vineyard.

For Concha y Toro a wine begins with the vines. Don Melchor is the faithful expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon from a specific terroir in the Puente Alto Vineyard, which is divided into blocks that are homogenous in vigor. Each block is managed according to its specific needs for balanced growth in every vine.

The first vintage of Don Melchor was 1987, and from the beginning, French winemaker Jacques Boissenot, one of Bordeaux’s most respected consultants, has participated in defining and making the final blend of each Don Melchor since the very first vintage. Today his son, Eric Boissenot, continues his legacy as Don Melchor winemaker Enrique Tirado’s consultant.

Maipo Valley

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The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. The soils here tend to be high in salinity and low in potassium, which can present viticultural challenges, but new vineyard management techniques have been implemented to combat these issues.

The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah, and Carmenère, originally a Bordeaux variety which has found a successful home in Chile. White wines are also produced, especially near the cooler coast, from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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