Concha Y Toro, Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Puente Alto Vineyard, Puente Alto, Chile
Tasting Note: This cabernet sauvignon from Don Melchor combines Old World restraint with New World sensibility and delivers an elegant expression of this most-beloved of varietals to your glass.
Deep-intensity ruby in color this wine has an aromatic nose of blackberry, black plum and cassis with hints of apricot, cedar and vanilla baking spice.
On the palate the dry, full-bodied cabernet sauvignon delivers flavors suggested on the nose in a just-ripened, black-fruit style that is restrained.
The wine is silky in texture with ripe, medium-plus tannin and subtle notes of baking spice running throughout the length of the taste.
There is balance between the fruit and tannin structure that completes with a black-fruit infused, medium-plus finish.
Impressive winemaking in action in your glass.
Bottle Note: Vintage No. 28. Don Melchor comes from a unique 313-acre vineyard planted on the rock soils of one of the Maipo River’s oldest terraces at the foot of the Andes Mountains, one of the world’s most celebrated terroirs for cabernet sauvignon. In 1984, Eduardo Guilisasti envisioned a wine that would faithfully express its place of origin and invited renowned enological consultant Jacques Boissenot of Bordeaux to participate in the Don Melchor project. Today winemaker Enrique Tirado is in charge of the wine, and the Boissenot family continues to be involved in the final blending of every vintage. The 2014 vintage of Don Melchor is of exceptional quality. The season began with a cold spring, and early summer was warm. The cool conditions and cold nights encouraged good ripening with greater expression and concentration of aromas and flavors in the grapes. The 2014 Don Melchor stands out for its red fruit that accentuates the mineral character of cold ashes and pencil lead typical of cabernet sauvignon. The 2014 vintage is 92% cabernet sauvignon and 8% cabernet franc. – Enrique Tirado, Winemaker.
Importer: Excelsior Wine Company, Old Brookville, New York
Tasting Date: November 29, 2017
This wine was submitted for review.