Wonderful aromas of stones, mint and blackcurrants. Sweet tobacco. Tile and rust. So aromatic. This is the best Don Melchor I have ever tasted. Full body, very soft yet firm and silky. It has tension, intensity and balance. Drink or hold.
A ripe, rich and full-bodied red, with powerful flavors of dark cherry, plum pudding and currant that feature a lush creaminess. Firm and savory midpalate, ending with a long and refined finish that shows mineral and cocoa butter accents, supported by dusty tannins. Drink now through 2024. *Top 100 of 2017, Collectibles* (KM)
The current vintage is the 2014 Don Melchor, one of the icons of Maipo. The wine has been produced since 1987 from the best lots from their 127 hectares of vineyards in the Puente Alto appellation on alluvial terraces of the Maipo River at 650 meters altitude. In 2014 the bottled wine comes from 20 lots of free-run wine and 35 lots of press wine and contains some 8% Cabernet Franc. It matured in French oak barrels, 65% of them new, for some 15 months. The oak is perfectly integrated, and seeing how the wines from this terroir age, I wouldn't worry at all. This was a low yielding year, a balanced vintage not a lot warmer than 2013, which has resulted in a classical Don Melchor combining power with elegance, with those refined tannins and superb balance. There is a mixture of red and black fruit and even some fresh orange peel notes. Seeing how the older vintages age in bottle, it would be a shame to drink this now; and even if it's drinkable, I prefer them some ten years after the vintage. This is produced from virtually the same vineyards as Almaviva, yet the wines are so different. (LG)
Ask any wine lover on the streets of Santiago for the name of a great Chilean red and chances are they’ll come up with Concha y Toro’s much-loved Don Melchor. Twenty-eight vintages under winemaker Enrique Tirado’s belt testify to one of the oldest stories of any South American icon. Planted at 650m at Puente Alto, Don Melchor vineyard’s 127ha are zoned for their varied expression of the terroir into six parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Cabernet Franc, with a little Merlot and Petit Verdot. The cooling influence of the Andes, with its wide day-night oscillations in temperature, combines with the free-draining, gravelly, silty soils of the Maipo river’s third alluvial terrace. The result is even ripening, pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine, balanced tannins. A veneer of vanillin oak and dark cherry sits over an opulent mouthful of cassis and black cherry richness. Youthful, sinewy tannins are moderated by a refreshing counterpoint of acidity, just starting to soften. Drinking Window 2017-2027. (AR)
Broad and balsam and exciting. Real verve. Masses of life rather than simple fruit or ripeness. Masses of energy. Not masses of obvious alcohol. Long. Reverberant. Sinewy. 18.5/20 points.
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