2003 Concha y Toro "Don Melchor" Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto
***Ranked #4, Top 100 Wines of 2006 and Highly Recommended*** With a great nose of currant confiture and cocoa powder, this full-scale Cabernet sports dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit layered with loam, cedar, tobacco, mineral and coffee. Long and authoritative finish just sails on thanks to rather regal tannins. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(Note from 2007 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 2008) The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon has a spicy perfume of toasty oak, black currants, and blackberry liqueur. It has lots of extraction in its layered, structured personality ... (JM)
Wine & Spirits
Reflecting the warm vintage, this is a ripe version of Don Melchor. Dark cherry and cinnamon dominate the aromas, while its soft, round texture delivers chocolate flavor with hints of mint and black pepper. Decant it for roast lamb.
***Cellar Selection*** Hard to believe that this Chilean icon is now in its 17th year. We recall back in the early ’90s when it was just getting going at well under $20 a bottle. With this wine look for potent, almost buttery oak propping up ripe berry fruit. In the folds are notes of tobacco, earth, mineral and mushroom. Tannic on the tail, with some overt wood that needs to find its place. Hold of at least a year. (MS)
The 2002-2003 season started with a rainfall concentration in winter, afterwards a dry season allowed us to get small grain clusters that were going to produce very concentrated and expressive wines. During the last stage of ripening and during the harvest we enjoyed a very good weather, and, although there were high temperatures during the day, they fortunately descended enough at night to help a good evolution of the ripening and to preserve the fruit expression within the vineyard. Closed, sweaty leather, cedar, mint leaf, lengthy, full concentration, sweet black fruit profile. Drink 2013-2023. (RH)