2009 Concha y Toro Merlot Marques de Casa Concha

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rapel Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
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"A fleshy, toasty style, with coffee and vanilla notes backed by medium-weight plum fruit and a flash of loam. Drink now. 30,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Marques de Casa Concha Merlot contains 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in its blend. The fruit was sourced from the Peumo Vineyard and aged for 18 months in 37% new French oak. It gives up an expressive nose of toasty oak, spice box, dried herbs, rose petal, and black currant. This is followed by a ripe, sweetly-fruit, spicy, full-bodied, plush Merlot that is an excellent value meant for drinking over the next 5-6 years.

Cocha y Toro is the largest wine producer in Chile as the above list attests. Remarkably, they are also one of the quality leaders and innovators leading the country forward. The Gran Reserva Serie are wines made from a single vineyard meant to display a particular terroir. The Marques de Casa Concha wines are also sourced from single vineyards but exposed to more new oak and a longer elevage. Some of the finest wines produced in Chile, particularly from the Carmenere grape, are being bottled and sold under the Terrunyo label under the direction of veteran winemaker Ignacio Recabarren." (WA)

"($22) Lurid violet. Sexy dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose, along with hints of anise and woodsmoke coming up with air. Deep, chewy and weighty but surprisingly fresh, offering spicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of dark chocolate. Coats the palate nicely and finishes with lingering spiciness, good clarity and tangy cut." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Dark and deep red. Rich and deftly balanced yet muscular red, with layers of complex currant, spice, wild berry and plum. Show off a nice touch of vanilla oak and mocha, adding a nice dimension. Though tannic now, this wine should evolve. There's already some complexity beginning to develop out of its firm, quiet, supple core.