2005 Concha y Toro "Don Melchor" Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto
*Highly Recommended, #12 on Top 100 of 2008* Still very tight, but the tannins that lead the way now are sleek and refined, and should easily meld into the huge core of roasted chestnut, black currant paste, warm fig and tar. Has a long, coffee and loam-tinged finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is opaque purple-colored with aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by an opulent, very intense, complex Cabernet with gobs of savory fruit, exceptional depth, and enough structure to evolve for 6-8 years. This lengthy, classy effort will be at its best from 2015 to 2035. Don Melchor has been considered one of Chile’s iconic wines since its inception in 1987. (JM)
This comes across as the best Don Melchor that Concha y Toro has produced... It's very ripe, with oak sitting atop pure cassis and plum aromas. The palate is sweet, juicy and packed with dynamite blackberry and black plum flavors. Dark, chocolatey and long on the finish, with ripe tannins.
Wine & Spirits
This is a muscular vintage of Don Melchor, Enrique Tirado's top Cabernet from Concha y Toro. Its ripe black currant aromas meld with light herb scents. The structure is robust and tense, with young tannins that will need another two or three years to fuse with the fruit. Or drink it now with prime rib.
Quite a dry, hot year. 3% Cabernet Franc. pH 3.56. More interest than earlier vintages. Rich but not over the top. Handles the alcohol well. Complex top notes of herbs and balsam. Good dry finish. Long. Lip smacking. 17.5/20 points
Now an icon of the Chilean wine industry, Don Melchor has been made since 1987. Puente Alto is located in the highest, coldest region of the Maipo Valley. 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Don Melchor vertical in London. A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this seems simpler on the nose than the 2003, primal but pure with dark cherries, damson and blueberry, good definition, unfurling in the glass, quite Bordeaux-like in style. The palate is showing much more panache than the nose suggests: really fine tannins here, beautiful balance and good acidity, smooth and sophisticated with rounded red-berried fruit laced with dark chocolate, chestnut and a touch of hung game. Lingering nicely on the finish, this is a polished, confident Don Melchor." (07/2010)