2017 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Year: 2017
Appellation: Puente Alto
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 99
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$89.95

WHAT IS EVERYONE WAITING FOR?? WORLD CLASS CABERNET FOR UNDER 100 BUCKS!

"Intensely fruity and well-structured, with spiced cherry and boysenberry flavors. Fresh, featuring vibrant acidity balanced by a creamy texture. Offers a toasty finish and medium-grained tannins. -Non-blind Don Melchor vertical (January 2020). Drink now through 2032. 13,000 cases made, 2,600 cases imported. -KM" (WS)

"Marking its 30th anniversary, the 2017 Don Melchor was produced 30 years after the initial 1987. This is a wine that transcends vintages and shows great regularity, always combining elegance and power, with subtle mintiness and superb elegance. It's juicy, textured and velvety. This is a superb showing in 2017, a warm year and a fresh wine. Bravo! And the volume is not small-156,000 bottles were produced. It was bottled in December 2018." (WA)

"Don Melchor 2017 contains 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Franc, both from Maipo Alto. This earlier harvest resulted in precise, intense doses of cassis, raspberry and blackberry jam sprinkled with spices and country herbs. A young wine, the tannic structure bodes well for the future even with the moderate freshness." (VM)

"Fantastic aromas of blackcurrants and other dark fruit with crushed stone, iron and oysters, following through to a full body that shows incredible energy and depth, offering ripe yet fresh fruit, together with bright herbs and earth. Precision and balance of the intensity of the vintage. Layered. Perhaps the greatest Don Melchor ever made. Try after 2022." (JS)

"Cellar Selection, A full, spicy nose is packed to the brim with smoky, toasty oak and earthy black-fruit aromas. A ripe, full and chewy palate is smooth in feel, while this classic Cabernet from Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley tastes of coffee, rich chocolate, toasty spices and blackberry. A lush, bold finish runs long, indicating that this will age well. Hold through 2040. -Michael Schachner" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard:
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.

Soil:
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.

Climate:
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

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