2003 Concha y Toro "Don Melchor" Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto (Chile)
*#4 on the Top 100 Wines of 2006* 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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 and should evolve for another 6-8 years.
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.