2001 Concha y Toro "Don Melchor" Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto
*#4 on the Top 100 Wines of 2005* Gorgeous nose of black currant preserves and freshly roasted coffee, with a powerful yet very silky palate of cassis, plum, blackberry, loam, mineral and dark chocolate flavors that glide through a superlong finish. Don't be deceived by its seeming accessibility though--there's some iron-clad structure underneath for the long haul as well.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon remains youthful. It has a spicy, pain grille accented nose with plenty of mineral, cassis, and black currant making their presence known. The wine is medium to full-bodied in an elegant St.-Julien style. This layered, lengthy effort will continue to develop for another 6-8 years and drink well through 2027.
Wine & Spirits
After a complicated 2000, Don Melchor is back. Grown at El Tocornal vineyard, at 2,200 feet in the cool breezes of the Andes, the newest version of this classic Alto Maipo cabernet is firm and round, ripe and elegant. The texture is generous, the firm tannic structure releasing cassis and blueberry flavors as the wine takes on oxygen. The fresh acidity, along with the juiciness and massive attack of the fruit, points to a great cabernet vintage in Maipo. You may want to lay this down and allow its complexity to develop.
This season, wintertime monopolised most of the rainfall, which showered through mainly June and July. Wintertime began with low temperatures but got increasingly warmer until it turned into a fairly temperate spring, providing good conditions for the vines to begin their vegetative cycle. Summer brought more good weather and very sparse precipitations, allowing for clusters to fully ripen. Blackberry and cherry, vanilla, smoked bacon, lengthy and expressive with aromatic finish, concentrated fruit, high acid and alcohol and plenty of bottle age to come. Meaty, earthy, ripe - delicious. (17.5/20 points)
91 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Dom Melchor vertical in London. A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc with 14.0% alcohol, this has a lively, spicy, animated nose with touches of green peppercorns, blackberry, dark plum and a touch of coconut. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple mouthfeel, more approachable than the ’99, less abrasive with bright red-berried fruit, a touch of vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate. Very well defined and focused towards the finish. Accomplished." (12/2009)