Concha y Toro

Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2852 ratings
9.2113 pro ratings
Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Rob Brobst III

I’m glad I got hold of a case. After a 2 hour decant this stuff is outstanding.

I’m glad I got hold of a case. After a 2 hour decant this stuff is outstanding.

Apr 23rd, 2018
Rob Brobst III

There’s a silky braiding texture on this wine. Silky fine tannins from the french oak not doubt. An outstanding wine.

There’s a silky braiding texture on this wine. Silky fine tannins from the french oak not doubt. An outstanding wine.

Apr 21st, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

On the nose; dark currants, light tarry notes, blackberry, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, black licorice, stones, dry loamy soil, dark rich earth, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fresh flowers and fields of violets.

The body is full. The palate; rich, ripe & fresh. Tannins are round, velvety, soften some but still very big & pronounced. The structure & tension are very solid, the length fantastic &well balance. Fruits are; blackberry, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, creamy raspberries, black licorice, sweet tarry character, soft leather, fresh tobacco leaf, graphite, stones, dry loamy soil, bramble, dark rich earth, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fresh flowers and fields of violets. The acidity round and well executed. The long finish is ruby fruit balanced earth, sticky tannins and beautiful polished finish. Still fresh and wonderful now but much better in 15+ years.

2015 was a very good year Puente Alto. This could very likely see a higher score after 8-10 years more of bottle ago.

Photos of; the old residence, another stone art piece in one of their main tasting areas, Cabernet vines meant for visitor tasting this time of year and the Diablo barrel room where the Don Melchor Cabernet is stored. The barrel room was once robbed long ago. Since the Urban Legend story it was haunted was floated out to the public, it has remained safe and sound.

On the nose; dark currants, light tarry notes, blackberry, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, black licorice, stones, dry loamy soil, dark rich earth, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fresh flowers and fields of violets.

The body is full. The palate; rich, ripe & fresh. Tannins are round, velvety, soften some but still very big & pronounced. The structure & tension are very solid, the length fantastic &well balance. Fruits are; blackberry, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, creamy raspberries, black licorice, sweet tarry character, soft leather, fresh tobacco leaf, graphite, stones, dry loamy soil, bramble, dark rich earth, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fresh flowers and fields of violets. The acidity round and well executed. The long finish is ruby fruit balanced earth, sticky tannins and beautiful polished finish. Still fresh and wonderful now but much better in 15+ years.

2015 was a very good year Puente Alto. This could very likely see a higher score after 8-10 years more of bottle ago.

Photos of; the old residence, another stone art piece in one of their main tasting areas, Cabernet vines meant for visitor tasting this time of year and the Diablo barrel room where the Don Melchor Cabernet is stored. The barrel room was once robbed long ago. Since the Urban Legend story it was haunted was floated out to the public, it has remained safe and sound.

Apr 13th, 2018
Alex Rodriguez

Classic expression of a Cabernet blend. Drink. Now.

Classic expression of a Cabernet blend. Drink. Now.

Oct 19th, 2017
Chris Harvey

Real nice

Real nice

Oct 13th, 2017
Aaron Means

Smells very green. Smoky green peppers, vegetal, but mixed with a swathe of luxurious plummy & leathery goodness. Complex in a unique way.

Smells very green. Smoky green peppers, vegetal, but mixed with a swathe of luxurious plummy & leathery goodness. Complex in a unique way.

Oct 4th, 2017
Cristobal Passalacqua

An excellent wine! Really smooth but still with intense flavor and a velvety after flavor. Vintage 2011. January 2017

An excellent wine! Really smooth but still with intense flavor and a velvety after flavor. Vintage 2011. January 2017

1 person found it helpfulJan 8th, 2017
John Darling

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

1 person found it helpfulDec 15th, 2016
"Odedi"

It's time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. This time, a wonderful Chilean Cabernet.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, bell pepper, sage, peppermint, eucalyptus and smoke.

Full bodied with medium acidity and beautiful long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, figs, cloves, herbs, earth, cola, vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, bell pepper, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

An elegant, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, with lots of complexity and fitness, but not fully balanced yet.

Still young now, but very enjoyable by itself, and better with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a cheese platter, crackers and nice company.

Grapes are grown at the foot hills of the Andes Mountains, on stony soils. 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

It's time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. This time, a wonderful Chilean Cabernet.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, bell pepper, sage, peppermint, eucalyptus and smoke.

Full bodied with medium acidity and beautiful long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, figs, cloves, herbs, earth, cola, vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, bell pepper, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

An elegant, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, with lots of complexity and fitness, but not fully balanced yet.

Still young now, but very enjoyable by itself, and better with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a cheese platter, crackers and nice company.

Grapes are grown at the foot hills of the Andes Mountains, on stony soils. 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

1 person found it helpfulSep 30th, 2016
Cristian Olate Rojas

2004 vintage. Still alive. Prunes and blackberries. Round and silky. Outstanding wine

2004 vintage. Still alive. Prunes and blackberries. Round and silky. Outstanding wine

1 person found it helpfulJun 20th, 2016