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. *Highly Recommended, #12 on Top 100 of 2008* (JM)
The 2005 Don Melchor was cropped from an almost perfect year, when the grapes were picked between April 11 and May 19 in a slightly warmer year that provided powerful wines. The bottled wine was Cabernet Sauvignon with some 3% Cabernet Franc and had been matured in French oak barrels for 15 months, with 70% new barrels and the rest second use. Somehow this vintage had never been rated before, and I'm glad I did because it's a very good year, with average rain and not so high temperature, with a combination of power and finesse, notes of ash, earth, red and black fruit and a powerful palate. You see more the hand of a good winemaker here; there is very good balance, quality of tannins and freshness. This has balance, finesse and energy. It's evolving at a very slow pace, and it should continue aging forever in bottle. (LG)
This comes across as the best Don Melchor that Concha y Toro has produced... It's very ripe, with oak sitting atop pure cassis and plum aromas. The palate is sweet, juicy and packed with dynamite blackberry and black plum flavors. Dark, chocolatey and long on the finish, with ripe tannins.
This is a muscular vintage of Don Melchor, Enrique Tirado's top Cabernet from Concha y Toro. Its ripe black currant aromas meld with light herb scents. The structure is robust and tense, with young tannins that will need another two or three years to fuse with the fruit. Or drink it now with prime rib.
Quite a dry, hot year. 3% Cabernet Franc. pH 3.56. More interest than earlier vintages. Rich but not over the top. Handles the alcohol well. Complex top notes of herbs and balsam. Good dry finish. Long. Lip smacking. 17.5/20 points (JR)
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