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Review: 2010 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

Don Melchor 2010For the 2010 vintage, Chile’s (arguably) biggest cult wine Don Melchor (a splinter of Concha y Toro) is composed of 97% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. Grown in the Alto Maipo Valley, the wine is aged 15 months in French oak (3/4 new, 1/4 second use).

Appropriately huge, the nose is thick with notes of dark chocolate, anise, and rich, juicy currants. The body is densely aromatic, starting off with violets and fresh fig, then taking a leap off the cliff, right into the vines. Big blackberry notes, lashings of root beer, licorice, reduced vanilla syrup, and well-integrated wood follow along in short order. The finish is lengthy, moderately tannic, and just as dense as everything that’s come before.

An amazing wine now, but in 2018 it’ll be a knockout. Patience!

A / $125 / donmelchor.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. John S. Steidler January 29, 2015

    This sounds like another rich wine that can be drank with any type of pizza and share it with someone that you care a lot about and also make your meal taste better. We have some good Italian Restaurants in the area that serve quite a few different types of wines in their cabinets and I am quite sure that they will have this one!!!!


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