Deep cherry red in color, this wine captivates with its balanced, depth, and complexity. The aromas of red fruits delicately intermingle with mineral notes that recall cold ashes and pencil lead. Fine, delicate textures appear on the palate and show this to be an ample, deep wine with a smooth, fine attack followed by an intense, mouth-filling evolution. Concentrated, expressive, and generous in flavors and aromas with a long finish dominated by the balance and elegance of the various layers of flavors.
Red meats (beef and lamb) and game in different preparations, such as roasts, stews, or braises with red wine, mushrooms, rosemary, and tomatoes. Also pairs very well with assorted terrines and pâtés, especially duck with truffles, or with aged, dried, or creamy cow’s or goat’s milk cheeses.
The Don Melchor vineyard is situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains on the northern bank of the Maipo River at 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 average more than 30 years of age.
In general the vineyard has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with an average rainfall of mm per year. It is planted in one of the coldest sectors of the Alto Maipo Valley.
This season presented more total rainfall than in a normal year (277 mm), mostly concentrated during the winter months and into September, which beneted the reserves of groundwater and ensured good initial shoot growth. Warm, dry weather in November enabled good flowering and fruit set.
Early summer was dry and slightly warm (22ºC), which generated proper water restriction. The ripening process was even throughout the season, which resulted in a harvest with optimal flavors and aromas during April and early May.
The fruit from each vineyard block was vinified separately in small-volume stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation lasted days between 25-28ºC with 4-6 pumpovers per day. Upon completion the tanks were hermetically sealed for 10 to 20 days post-fermentation maceration at 23º–25ºC for greater extraction of smoother tannins. The Don Melchor winemakers and viticulturist determined the duration of the post-fermentation maceration by enological tastings. All of the lots of wines are later tasted and selected to make the final blend, which is then aged in French oak barrels.
Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels. (69% new and 31% second-use)
92% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot
TA: 3.41 g/L
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. - James Suckling 98 Points
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 - Wine Spectator Magazine 96 Points
EDITOR’S CHOICE - 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. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 94 Points