2015 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Year: 2015
Appellation: Puente Alto
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 93
James Suckling: 98
Wine Enthusiast: 94--Decanter: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"An elegant and rich-tasting red, full of concentrated red plum, cherry and currant flavors, backed by suave, medium-grained tannins. The finish offers a caressing palate of lush spice, cocoa powder and cream nuances. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 8,400 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"2015 was a warm and dry vintage, and the 2015 Don Melchor shows notes of ripe plums and is subtly balsamic. The palate is round and powerful, with good balance and nice integration of the oak. With time in the glass, more spicy aromas of paprika and merken emerge, but there is a notable absence of green notes. It's a ripe and round vintage of Don Melchor, faithful to the conditions of the year.

Concha y Toro is one of the largest wineries in the world, but it's also respected for producing some high-quality wines. They own some 9,700 hectares of vineyards in ten different valleys, from north to south: Limarí, Aconcagua, Casablanca, Leyda, Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Curicó, Maule and Bío Bío. They produce something like 190 million bottles. Yes, you read it correctly, that's 190 million bottles. And the quality, in the ranges I tasted, was very impressive, irrespective of the volumes produced." (WA)

"The aromas of lead pencil, blackcurrant and tar are impressive with just a hint of fresh herb. Sweet tobacco. Iodine. Full body, very tight and polished with ultra-fine tannins and a refined, textured finish. 92% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot. Drink in 2022." (JS)

"It's been a long time since Concha y Toro has put out a Don Melchor Cabernet with this much concentration and overall quality. An earthy nose with foresty berry aromas and generous but controlled oak sets up a fully stacked palate that's chewy but not fiercely tannic. Dark toasty chocolaty black-fruit flavors finish with a note of cherry cough drop and moderate acidity that says this is more or less ready now. Drink through 2025." (WE)

"The current release is a stunning wine. The familiar mineral and dark fruit bouquet leaps from the glass and those notes follow on the palate. Even with the Petit Verdot in the blend, the volume is lower so you hear the notes better. Similar to the 2014, but 2015 exhibits more elegance and poise." (Decanter)

Winery Notes:
The Don Melchor vineyard is situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains on the northern bank of the Maipo River at 650 meters a.s.l. The vineyard covers 127 hectares, 90% of them planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.1% to Cabernet Franc, 1.9% to Merlot and 1% to Petit Verdot. the vines in the old vineyard currently average 30 years of age.

The first 30 cm of soil is loam with a large amount of stones below that. These soils ensure good drainage and low fertility, which helps restrict the plants’ vegetative growth and encourages the accumulation and maturation of phenolic compounds.

In general the vineyard has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with an average rainfall of 350 mm per year. It is planted in one of the coldest sectors of the Alto Maipo Valley. This season was the coldest in the history of Don Melchor, and this, along with harvesting 10 days later than usual, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and reach the end of the season with exceptionally well-ripened tannins along with very good fruit expression, freshness, and personality

15 months in French oak barrels, (66% new and 34% second-use).