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2006 Concha y Toro "Don Melchor" Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto

SKU #1045254 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2006 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon is a glass-coating opaque purple with an alluring bouquet of toast, tobacco, cedar, leather, mocha, and blackcurrant. Sweet, voluptuous (but not in a fruit bomb kind of way), layered, and complex already, its superb balance will ensure at least a decade of evolution and it should drink well through 2036. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The price for one of Chile’s flagship wines keeps climbing, but fortunately so does the quality. Winemaker Enrique Tirado has crafted yet another pounding, saturated Cabernet. It’s wonderfully meshed yet potent and fierce. Boysenberry, cassis and kirsch flavors control the extracted palate, while the finish is warm, creamy and fun, sort of like a milkshake. At 14.5%, Melchor is at its max. *Editors' Choice* (MS) Inner quote mark (1/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A dark, muscular style, with black currant, braised fig, maduro tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and loam notes that all roll together through the dense but polished finish. There's impressive power for the vintage, along with precision and balance. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2009)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (includes 3% Cabernet Franc) Inky ruby. Expansive, intensely perfumed bouquet of dark berries, cherry pit, candied licorice and sexy oak spices. Broad, gently chewy cassis and bitter cherry flavors reach every nook and cranny of the palate, picking up an exotic violet pastille quality on the back end. Gains power on the finish, which features strong anise, tobacco and lead pencil qualities. Serious and in need of cellaring. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2009)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A ripe and enveloping Maipo Cabernet, this wine's oak plays an important role, containing notes of brandy-soaked cherries. Its youth is apparent in its strict, astringent tannins. Five years in the cellar will make it more accessible and complex. Inner quote mark (1/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Ripe and dense black fruit. Lovely al dente tannic feel, giving just the right amount of grip, and big acidic lift. Milk chocolate character. Very fine and elegant, finishing with some violet notes. (RH) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Dom Melchor vertical in London. A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2006 is very backward on the nose but showing great purity. Blackberry, melted tar, a touch of chocolate and a touch of mint lingering off-stage. The palate is medium-bodied, very fine acidity and balance, a little more structure and depth than the 2005 with some lovely chocolate tinged, mulberry and blackberry notes towards the soft, powdery finish. This wine should age gracefully over the next decade, possibly beyond." (07/2010)


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