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The Top 10 Wines of 2014

#9

Concha y Toro

Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2010

95

Score

$125

Price

10,100

Cases Made

In 2010, Chile’s Puente Alto appellation saw a slightly cooler-than-usual growing season, and winemaker Enrique Tirado used the weather to his advantage, allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, grown on alluvial soils, to hang on the vines longer than usual. The result is this particularly elegant version of the flagship Don Melchor. Blended with 3 percent Cabernet Franc, the wine aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Concha y Toro, owned by the Guilisasti family, is Chile’s largest wine company.

The manor house of Don Melchor, who founded Concha y Toro in 1883, still sits at the company's center in Pirque.

Winemaker Enrique Tirado and co-owner Isabel GuilisastiPhoto by Matt Wilson

Tasting Note:

Refined and elegant, with silky tannins behind the mineral, macerated cherry and damson plum flavors. Quite creamy, revealing hints of paprika and hoisin sauce. The long, lush finish is filled with notes of cocoa powder and dust. Drink now through 2020. –Kim Marcus

  • Region: Maipo, Chile
  • Issue Date: May 31, 2014