Central Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Concha y Toro

Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

David T

The first Don Melchor from my storage and it’s very good but still early. I won’t open another for at least 5 years or more. The nose on first open showed ruby dark currants. As it opened up in the two hour decant, it’s nose changed and showed some earthy funkiness with a fair amount of mushroom. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, overly baked strawberries, blueberries, black cherry cola, dark dry soils, dry crushed rocks, dry stems, soft leather, lead pencil shavings, dry stones, mushrooms, darker Asian spices, mint, dry herbs, anise, tarry notes, black tea, lilacs and fresh & dry dark florals. The body is full, round, lush & elegant. The tannins are round & beautiful, but only 50% resolved. The palate matches the nose very closely. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, overly baked strawberries, blueberries, black cherry cola, dark chocolate & mocha, dark dry soils, dry crushed rocks, dry stems, soft leather, lead pencil shavings, tobacco with ash, dry stones, darker Asian spices, mint, dry herbs, anise, tarry notes, black tea, lilacs and fresh & dry dark florals. The acidity is round & beautiful. The length, balance, structure and tension are extremely solid. The finish is still big, full, round, richly elegant and lasts minutes. Photos of; their beautiful Estate, harvested fruit, a library cellar that I think we’d all like to raid and their barrel room with tasting area. Producer history and notes...Concha y Toro was founded by Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro and his wife, Emiliana Subercaseaux, in 1883. They are the largest producer of wines from Latin America and are headquartered in Santiago, Chile. They own 8,720 hectares spread throughout Chile's major wine regions of; Maipo, Maule, Rapel, Colchagua, Curico, and Casablanca. He started the winery with grape varieties that he brought from Bordeaux. The grapes he brought were; Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, and Carmenère. Concha y Toro started exporting wine in March of 1933 to the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In 1950, the winery began to acquire more vineyards. They also began the process of adapting its wine to new markets and meeting a higher demand. In 1971, Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle became Chairman of the Board and succeeded in expanding the company. In 1987, they partnered with the U.S. importer Banfi Vintners. This partnership advanced sales and were able to incorporate more advanced technology in all stages of their production. They also started using small French oak barriques that further advanced the quality of their wines. In 2011, Concha y Toro bought the California portfolio of wines from Brown-Forman. The portfolio included these properties; Fetzer, Bonterra, Five River Wines, Bel Arbor Wines, Jekel Vinyards, Coldwater Creek, Sanctuary Wines Little Black Dress Wines. They are now a huge company with nearly a billion dollars in revenues annually. Don Melchor was Chile’s first iconic wine and has received with few exceptions consistent 90+ Parker scores since 1995. Most in the mid 90 range. This 04 is an excellent example of what they can produce in Chile. If I put this in a blind tasting, many would guess Bordeaux and some Napa Cabernet. — 17 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin

Thanks for the notes! We've been buying this since '00, and I haven't broken up any of the six packs for tasting. We've bought random loose bottles now and then to check in, but they have been newer vintages. Glad to know the '04 is doing well.

Viña Maipo

Protegido Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Lovely Cabernet. Big, but has everything in a superb balance and integration. Usual suspect black and red fruits, with menthol, mint, minerals, gingerbread, floral notes, — 9 days ago

James Isaacs

James Isaacs

All in superb, deft balance. Just a fine Cabernet that happens to be from Chile.

Emiliana Organic Vineyards

Novas Limited Selection Carmenère Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Vibrant garnet colour. Nose of dark cherry, spiced plum, black pepper. Palate of black plums, cherry, oak smoke. Full bodied but wonderfully smooth organic wine. •14.4% ABV• Nov 9, 2017 — 12 days ago

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@DC Radisson Was a nice bottle! 🍷@Sharon B It was pleasant. Happy Friday! 😁
Luis Arguero

Luis Arguero

Great stuff. Visited this winery last year. Highly recommend! Their GSM is outstanding.


@Luis Arguero I agree it was a really nice wine! That is so cool that you got to visit their winery. I like the fact that it is an organic product. 🍷

Viña Aquitania

Valle del Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

David T

This is a blend of 85% Cabernet & 15% Syrah and grown at an elevation of 2100 feet with an average vine age of 25 years. 50-50% fermentation in oak and stainless steel. At a retail price point of $20, it’s quite good. The tannins are soft and round. It shows a lot of brighter red fruits of dark cherries, strawberries and some blackberries, touch of pepper, crushed rocks and dry top soil, dark red fresh florals, good acidity and nice finish. Producer history and notes...In the early 1990’s, Bruno Prats (Chateau Cos The) and Paul Pontallier (Chateau Margaux) discovered the high caliber of Cabernet Sauvignon being made from Chile’s Alto Maipo region. They partnered Felipe de Solminihac, a renowned Chilean agronomist, oenologist and winemaker in the region. They purchased 45 acres in the 'Quebrada de Macul', considered the heart of the Maipo Valley vineyards and Viña Aquitania was born. In January 2003, Ghislain de Montgolfier (CEO of Bollinger Champagne), became the fourth partner. Good list of French pedigree involved in Aquitania. — 25 days ago

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Santa Carolina

Reserva de Familia Valle del Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon

V12. Very nice. Smokey nose. Fresh blackberry,plum and currant fruit. Dry, tight, chewy finish-all well balanced and good. — 4 days ago


Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Mike R

And beats goes on - besides Cher being tall with long black hair and could sing her you know what off - I imagine if she tried this wine she sing that cord of her famous song out loud because this wine is that good

The fruit for this wine comes from a single block of a ten-acre Cabernet vineyard in the Coombsville AVA. Block 1 is the only steep hillside block of the vineyard, as the rest of the vineyard is located on a more rolling hillside. The special selection process is out of 90 barrels that this is selected from and what is felt to be the 10 best barrels

Dark intense fruit combined with full aromatic experiences coupled with a taste that hits your palette with complex yet elegant notes but can say the finish was not as long as I like - I like it when I remember the days when NASA counted to lift off and that final 10 seconds were eternity

It is still a big boy wine that makes me SMILE and if lucky enough to have some then this can cellar a looooong time
— 2 days ago

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Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

Nice notes.
Martin G Rivard

Martin G Rivard

@Mike R Awesome post bud!!! I can literally almost taste it as I’m reading! I’ve never had a bottle but will be hunting one down. Love you brother!

The Competitor

Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Itemse baking spice, pepper, wild thimbleberry jam on the nose.All combines for an intense micro cola on mid palate. Acid and alcohol very balanced on the lush finish......delightfully surprised this is only 13.8% ALC.......thought it would be higher! Pretty well made nonetheless. Crowd pleaser! — 16 days ago

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Michael Herzog

Michael Herzog

Nice. What the hell is a thimbleberry?


Primus The Blend Colchagua Valley Carménère Blend 2011

Excellent blend of Carmenère, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Paired with cheese, sausage and a good friend! Cheers! — 5 days ago

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Phil A

Phil A

@Sharon B Sharon nice pic Cheers 🍷
Jason Oliver

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Fun blend


Lota Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2006

Cousiño Macul’s Premium wine, intense black currant notes, chocolate and mint with a vanilla and slightly bitter tobacco finish with some oaky notes. This is a big wine, better decanted and needs some food to compliment it. Modern new world wine, but after over a decade in bottle quite balanced and good to drink now. — 2 days ago

Viña Ventisquero

Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ruby red in color. Aromas of sweet tobacco, pencil shavings, black currant, blueberries and burnt sugar. Medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel and soft tannin. Super juicy with flavors of black currant, raspberries, blueberries, mocha, and a hint of black olives. It finishes with black currant, raspberries and cocoa powder: YUM. YUM. — 9 days ago