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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Maipo, Chile) - [JS 96] [RP 93] [WS 93] [WE 92]
Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Maipo, Chile) - [JS 96] [RP 93] [WS 93] [WE 92]

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Winery: Concha y Toro
Varietal: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc
Region: Maipo, Chile
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:
This season was the coldest in the history of Don Melchor, and this, along with harvesting days later than usual, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and reach the end of the season with exceptionally well-ripened tannins along with very good fruit expression, freshness, and personality.

Tasting Notes:
COLOR: Deep cherry red.
AROMA: A wine with tremendous aromatic complexity and a heightened expression of Cabernet fruit.
PALATE: Highly concentrated and persistent on the palate. Fresh, with smooth, fine, and delicate tannins and excellent balance.

Technical Specifications:
VARIETY: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon - 9% Cabernet Franc
VINEYARD: Don Melchor Vineyard, Puente Alto D.O., Alto Maipo Valley
HARVEST: Manual from April 17 to May 17, 2013. Vineyard yield is 5 tons/ha.
SOIL: Loam
CLIMATE: semi-arid Mediterranean
BARREL: 15 months in French oak barrels
Alcohol: 14,5%
pH: 3,64
Total acidity: 3,26 g/L

Ratings & Reviews:

96 Points - James Suckling:
"This is from one of the coolest vintages in memory but delivers fresh tobacco and currant aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and plenty of currant leaf and stone character. A structured and very solid Don Melchor. 91% cabernet sauvignon and 9% cabernet franc. Drink or hold." - (May 13, 2016)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"2012 is a short vintage, so the 2013 will be released towards the end of 2016. I tasted the 2013 Don Melchor, which contained 9% of Cabernet Franc to complement the Cabernet Sauvignon from Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley; the final blend was created from 23 lots of free-run juice wine and 39 lots of press wine. The blend is done with the help of Eric Boissenot (previously with his father Jacques). The wine matured in 66% new French oak barrels for some 15 months. I see this 2013 more in the line of the 2010 (and 2011). In fact, 2013 was a very cold year. The nose combines aromas of tobacco, iron and blood, dark cherries and some herbs. The palate shows something in between 2011 and 2012, medium to full-bodied with fruit, tannins and a slightly bitter finish. It should get polished with a little bit more time in bottle. 109,200 bottles produced. I also had the chance to preview the 2014 and 2015 vintages that were aging in barrel, still very young and primary." - Luis Gutiérrez (30th Dec 2015)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"An elegant and refined red, featuring concentrated dark plum and cherry flavors full of subtle savory notes. Offers mouthwatering acidity, with a rich finish delivering forest floor and mineral accents. Drink now through 2022. 7,400 cases made." – KM (Mar 31, 2017)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Initially this smells foxy, with jumpy untamed berry and plum notes racing across the nose. After the aromas come around, this is hard and choppy on the palate, while herbal black-plum and carob flavors finish more lushly than before, but still fairly tannic. Drink through 2023." - Michael Schachner (3/1/2017)

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