Popped and decanted, no sediment, medium-plus garnet. Pronounced aromas of dark fruits, violet, smoldering embers, parsley flakes, serrano pepper, tilled soil and crushed stones. Medium-plus body. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, mint, herbaceous green and a deeper impression of crushed stones and minerals. Wonderfully dry. The tannins are (still) quite chewy and astringent on the plus close. Although the tannins have barely receded, this is in the zone and shows a wonderfully fresh vibrance; drink now and over the next 5+ years. So distinctive.
Fully mature and good to go. Plum pudding, fruitcake, and chocolate with a long, long finish.
If a date, this was a 25 year old MBA student who models lingerie part time and can discuss recent Wall Street Journal articles over dinner with insight and authority while you secretly undress her with your thoughts.
No bricking and beautiful garnet color. Dark baking chocolate and cherry on the nose. A little cedar on the palate. While it was very good last night, it was outstanding tonight. Smooth tannins, full-bodied and terrific balance. Could go a bit longer but why wait. Sadly my last bottle.
Just pop and pour. Nice aromas, but, too tied. Rated as 92 Let us see by tomorrow.Much better day two. Tonight I rated it as a 93. Smooth, rounded, Nice but light aromas. I had it with hard cheese including cheese with truffles . It paired very well .
1 hr decant Took to Christys Everything was in place; this was really a beautiful wine. Typical south American nose, full body smooth chocolate and fruit with long finish. This will probably last another 5-10 years if not more
Quite good, but not up to par with the prior '03 we so thoroughly enjoyed last year. The tannins have integrated and softened a bit too much for me and seems like this wine is past its optimal drinking window...
Opened by Allred. Decanted for 30 minutes. Part of a 5 bottle vertical. The lowest scoring of the 5 bottles among the group and my 4th out of 5. Crimson red color. Some alcohol showing on the nose. Full bodied with firm tannins. Notes of mocha and black currant. Give this time. Probably could use more decanting as well. 90-91 points.
Decanted roughly half an hour before it was served with dinner. When the cork was first pulled this displayed sour citrus and coconut aromas. By the time I got to it, about an hour later, black fruit and herb aromas had taken over. Nicely balanced with softened tannins and flavors of mocha, plum, dark berry jam, fig and herbs. Lengthy finish. Drink from 2017+.
Le vin commence à se fondre, mais le tout est encore très jeune. La bouche est ample, les tannins fins, la finale longue. C'est dense et concentré mais sans excès. Le bois à commencer à se fondre. L'acidité est bien appuyée, le tout est très équilibré, mais selon mes goûts, il faudrait attendre encore un 10 ans avant d'atteindre le profil souhaité. Les notes secondaires ont commencé à paraître, mais ça reste encore assez massif, tout d'un bloc. Le seul point de comparaison possible selon moi sont les grands cabernets de Napa, c'est pourquoi on parle d'une très grande longévité. Et si on compare aux prix californiens, ce vin était une belle aubaine quand il se vendait eux environs de 50$. Seul tracas: il faut attendre un bon 15-20 ans! Dommage que le prix ait autant augmenté, car on parlait d'un méchant deal pour les esprits patients. Fait notable, on ne remarque pas vraiment de ces notes végétales parfois dérangeantes si communes avec les vins chiliens. C'était ma dernière, dommage! S'il m'en restait, j'attendrais au minimum 5 ans encore. 93+
After an initial sip, decanted for a few hours. This bottle balanced out very nice. This '03 is enjoyable. dark with toasty oak, mineral, and mixed dark berry fruit. On the palate very smooth with soft tannin and a nice lingering finish. I'm going to try a vertical soon with the '05 that I have. Drink now.
Drank this last week and did not take notes. Shame on me. This was excellent. I remember an initial Nose of raspberries at first that gave way to darker fruit and earth/spice. Taste was all about cranberry giving way to kirsch. Enough structure to hold it. Really good.
According to my cellar inventory notes, this wine was bought in 2007 and stored in constant 13C ever since. Based on some tasting notes below that say this is on the down swing, I decided not to air out and just popped and poured. I was wrong.
The bouquet was strong dark berries on opening, very nice. The flavor characteristics are very much like previous DM's I've drank - blackcurrant fruit forward with growing tannins on the finish. This wine started out somewhat muted but 1.5 hrs later, it opened up was singing with medium-longish finish.
This leads me to believe that talk of this wine's demise (past prime, diminished fruit, etc.) is highly exaggerated, at least base on this bottle. On the contrary, I'd say the 2003 remains a fruit forward wine and well balanced with enough backbone to last many more years. In fact, I'd say it's yet to peak and I'm keeping my remaining 2003 in the cellar for another few years.
I mentioned storage above because maybe those who said the 2003 is past prime, possibly it was due to storage conditions were less than ideal?
Elegant, mature and more Old World in style than I remembered. Ruby color, with very little garnet on the rim. The nose is developed, with the black fruit taking a back seat to cedar and leather. Dry, with medium (+) acidity. The tannins have rounded out nicely. It would pair well with a roast or tenderloin; I made the mistake of pairing it with a grilled ribeye with an spicy rub and the wine did not have enough sweet fruit to match. I guess I fall somewhere in between the latest reviewers. I think this is a very good value at $45-$55 for a world class wine, but I agree that I expected a little more fruit and "wow" at only 11 years. Although still just fine now, these are perhaps starting their downhill slide. Drink now.
Had this not been a very gracious offering from a friend with a widely divergent palate from my own, I would not have gotten past the first few sips. Put simply this is badly made wine, yet another instance of oak treatment being used as some kind of proxy for dick size, and the winemaker decided he wanted 9 inches. The fruit underneath gives some indication of fairly high quality, though this is a speculative assessment given all the dill and sawdust under which it is buried. I do know that whatever fruit is present will succumb before it ever has a hope of eating up all the wood. This is also a textbook wine for pointing and laughing at the critics, though perhaps less the (relatively modest) 93 point score from the palate-dead Bob Parker than the appalling 96 points from Spectator. A substantial cohort of poor newbs no doubt bought this stuff at a ridiculously-inflated tariff based on the rating (and #4 ranking in their 2006 'Top 100' awards) and now have a variable number of moribund oak bombs inexorably giving up the ghost in their cellars. As for more experienced point-chasers I have far less sympathy; you dance with them what brung ya.
Last bottle drunk was March 2013. By now, one year later and eleven years old, this Don Melchior continues to be a great wine. Like most Chileans wine has almost no dicernable aromas. My wife and I just smmarize as crushed red berries. At taste is a different story. Full body, round , smooth and balanced as the best Merlot from Bordeua. Yes it is close to Merlot than to Cab. Tannins subdue and complex taste justify, for me, an amateur a 94 rate.
Rick black fruits, black liquorice, and tobacco. The fruit surprisingly started fading somewhat after a half hour and notes of cedar and oaky tannins began to predominate. Still quite good and in its drinking window, but I question whether it will improve with additional cellaring.
Interesting, fun, and different, but still so easy to drink. Plush with twists on dark cherry and exciting with no hard edges. Fruit forward but still regal and sophisticated. Smells as good as it tastes.
After seeing a couple of recent notes stating that this wine is probably at peak I decided to open my only bottle. Oh how I wish I hadn't. If you like your wines young or have stored this in suboptimal conditions then you may want to drink this soon. For everyone else I think you may want to let this adolescent mature.
Nose of menthol, strawberry and a lttle earth. Red fruit profile continues on the palate with tannins still very present. Continued to evolve while drinking with grilled tenderloin. Eucalyptus flavour subsided with a hint of secondary aromas emerging. Great mouthfeel and very persistent on the finish. Really wish I had more and would definitely hold for another 4 years at least. Great expression of this grape.
Very well integrated..so much, I was a little disappointed not more fruit in it. Drying tannins at the end. I don't expect this to get any better and likely on the slide...will drink my last bottle very very soon.
Aromas of prune, raisins and black fruit; definitely some VA as well. Pruny on the palate as well, along with stemmy, woody qualities. Finishes rather hot and alcoholic, with a sourness that I don't care for.
I was very surprised when this was unveiled as it has never shown this poorly for me. Likely a flawed bottle. I know some bottles released in the Chicago market were exposed to heat, as I returned a six pack shortly after release because there was obvious damage after I pulled a cork on the first bottle.
Secondary nose of saddle leather, sour cherries and carmelized sugar. Still deep red without browning in the rim. Flavors are nice but not particularly deep or complex. Cola, tobacco, cracked pepper tingle. Drying cherry filled tannins. I think the tannins will ultimately overwhelm the fruit. Drink by 2014.
Soft beautiful wine. Mellowed significantly since last bottle 2 years ago. Others have been more articulate with flavor profile than I at this point. Some improvement with airtime but it tasted so damn good that we did not follow its maturation. This bottle was ready. Its time.
Decantado por 2 horas, voltou para a garrafa e foi servido 3 horas mais tarde. Nariz intenso de mirtilos, licor de jabuticaba, café, e um pouco de madeira nova. Na boca é complexo, denso, extraído, com um pouco de álcool e madeira sobrando. Esse estilo de vinho não me agrada.
This is in a great spot. Not showing any age at all. Was best after 2+ hours of pouring off a glass and letting the bottle sit open. Rich fruit (but not OTT) with nice herbal note to add complexity. Plenty of life left.
Splash decanted and followed over several hours. Moderately expressive nose with camphor, eucalyptus/mint, and black currants. Palate still has prominent tannin, with a leather and meat/iron note mixed in with the rather dark fruit. Moderate finish with a loam/mineral mix. This is a rather unique expression of Cab, firmly rooted in Chile with a loam/eucalyptus character I don't get anywhere else. Doesn't have the elegance and polish of high end bdx, but is still a world class cab somewhere b/t new and old world. Stepping into it's drinking window with plenty of tannin still to resolve. 92-93
After sharing SDWineaux's 05 last Friday, decided it was time to try one of these sleeping baby's from cellar. Decanted for an hour plus. Still dark ruby, no bricking no sediment. Secondaries alive n well. Soft mouthfeel with some unresolved tannins. Good structure. In a good drinking window with life there to sit a while. Drank along side a 2000 Cap de Faugeres, both well with BBQ tri tip.
Decepcionante. Depois de algumas horas respirando no Decanter, o vinho não apresentou nada da complexidade esperada, considerando a marca e os 10 anos de vida. Equilibrado, parece estar ou já ter passado o pico.
This Don Melchior vintage 17 is by now ten years old. At launch was an astonished Chilean wine rated at 96 points. I bought three cases and it is still a very good wine, not a 96 anymore. Very light bouquet as most Chilen wines are. Dark red Bordeaux color, vibrant, long legs visually. Taste dry figs, prunes, cassis and dark berries. Mocha and dark chocolate are also present. Very balanced, lacks spice, a little acidity and tannin. Actually is closed to an outstanding Merlot and similar to Pomerol and saint julien, without mineral tastes, not a Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon anymore. A solid 94 points. Recommended with blue and Gorgonzola cheeses and spicy foods.
This was juicy raspberry on opening but it faded somewhat rapidly. May have also had just a tiny bit of Brett. Loamy, wet stone nose. After a few hours lean, cassis flavors with ample tannins that seemed to overwhelm. I would put this on a short leash and drink now.
Had this standing up for a while, finally got around to it with a lamb rack. Interesting wine, the nose was fantastic when we got to it, about an hour after pulling the cork. On the nose, menthol and soil morphs into licorice; tar and smoke - it almost reminded me of lapsang suchong tea. I spent a long time on the nose, it's so good. On the palate, it's almost weightless, not heavy at all; at 10 years, this is much closer to claret than napa cab. Very juicy but finish length a bit short
My first time with this wine. Earthy and gamy notes of cassis, plum skin, loamy soil, smoked meats, and truffle. The terror certainly comes through, although I'm not sure this is really in my wheelhouse.
Deep and dense color . Coca Cola, leather, dusty- earthy with hint of resinous cedar nose. Huge wine, black cherries, black currants and dark chocolate on the palate. Tannins seem to get tougher the longer the bottle was open. Too young to drink now in my opinion.. I would wait another 3-5 years at least before trying again .. This wine has the stuffing but didn't seem to have reached it's full potential
RussK CDC at villagio, Peter brought. My WOTN. Probably the best DM I have had. Foolish me, I thought it was a supertuscan. Know that I know I can taste the dash if cab franc. No Carmenier on the nose. 92-
I'm not sure if this bottle was flawed. Decanted for a half hour before tasting and drinking. The nose had a little green pepper while the palate was dominated by it. Some coffee notes were there as well. There was still quite a bit of tannin. The character completely changed with food. I had a marinated hanger steak with red wine demi glace. Combined with the beeef, the green pepper completely disappeared from the palate and was replaced with cassis, dark berrries and leather, a much better experience.
This wine is really singing now. Classic Don Melchor profile but loamy clay finish and powerful tannins in the young wine are now very well integrated and add complexity without overpowering the more traditional Cabernet flavors. This wine is very Bordeaux-like now after only a short decant. Real elegance. Delicious. And could go for years more I think.
I haven't opened a bottle in over 18 months (see 1/4/11 note). Dark garnet, losing it's purple tint. Nose of earth, dust, menthol, blackberry, cassis, plum, and pencil lead. Medium palate of ripe blackberry, blueberry, leather, earth, currant, and a little salinity. Excellent length. Refreshing acidity. Nice minerality. Integrated oak. Still youthful but sweet tannins. As always, New World meets Old Word. Addendum: with time in the glass and over the evening, this just keeps getting better.
Poured into decanter for 1/2 hour and then returned to bottle prior to heading to family dinner at the in-law's. This one gave off a lot of aroma as it went into the decanter which bode well for the palate that was to follow. A quality wine that that paired well with roast beef tenderloin.
Ran thru the Vinturi into the decanter. Muted nose of red fruits currant and cherry, detected some black fruit on the back end. Heavy on herbal flavors, acidity, currant/red fruit flavors. Excellent fine grained tannins. Excellent job on the oaking, did not kill the fruit. Wine peaked in the decanter in about 2 hours. Had with some grilled rack of lamb and it was the perfect choice match with the acid/tannins balancing the fatty NZ Lamb. Really enjoyed this choice over a Napa Cab as the Chilean wines tend to have the better acid/tannin/alc balance for food pairings.
I had the 2004, 2003, 2001 and 200 vintage of the Don Melchor at an offline last night. All wines were decanted for at least three hours. I didn't take notes, but thought this 2003 was showing the best last night. Ripe, plush black fruit flavours, with hints of tobacco and mint in this full bodied wine. The 2004 was my #2, followed by the 2000 and 2001, which had a weaker finish than the others. All very similar, of course, and solid wines. I didn't enjoy them quite as much as a did in an earlier tasting, but the 2003 in particular was an excellent cabernet (A-).
Friend who opened had concerns about the cork and the surface looked dark but was okay. When opened the cork was infiltrated 2/3 up but seal held. Seemed on the thin and narrow side as well. This wine had almost no taste for me when opened, yet my two friends whom I serve this to both said nice wine. All I could taste was alcohol and some menthol. Very nice bright color in glass also. It wasn't until an hour later when I was on my last glass that the flavor really came out. So my advice is to taste a small sip first to see where this wine is at, and if not yielding much, give some air in decanter perhaps a good. hour. I've had wines that were initially slow to give their flavor up but this one was the most stubborn by far. So my judgement not really fair nor accurate, as I drank this up just when it was starting to show its face. I rate 90 points tonight but I know there is so much more there if given time to breathe, perhaps as much as a day. I have two more and i don't think i'll touch the next until after 2017. It seems to me there is a lot of life remaining.
Young wine, decanted 6 hours and still not open. Better on day 2. Didn't get pine needle notes that others noted. Will wait another 2-3 years before opening another. Drank with Acheval Ferrer Altamira 2003, both spectacular wines.
Consumed over two days, and decanted for three plus hours on day one. A very interesting and much changing wine indeed. Initial flavors were of green olives and strong mints, almost eucalyptus-like with a blackberry undertone. As it opened though all were replaced with a stong petrol component, and a tarry taste. It was more offputting than it was complimentary. The last of the wine that was tasted on day two didn't show this petrol flavor and was very enjoyable, with black cherries and sweet prunes throughout. The future evolvement of this version of the Don should definitely prove to be interesting for those with multiple bottles.
After the holidays, I save the pine needles from the tree (with the intent to make small pillows -- memories from my youth). I don't need to anymore. A small whiff and taste of this wine brings back all the memories.
Pulled out a bottle to the 2003 Don Melchor for my birthday dinner - NY Strip, scalloped potatoes, and asparagus. Tight on opening, gave it a trip throught the Vinturi into the decanter. No funk, which I have detected in previous bottles. This one is clean. Muted nose of red fruits. This is not a "creamy" Caymus-like vanilla/oaky/silky cab. More emphasis on herbal flavors, acidity, currant/red fruit flavors. Significant fine grained tannins. Good wine, but where Molesworth got the 96 is beyond me.
This sucked on opening, fully of barnyard stank and not much else. Really tight, after a few hours it improved a bit, showing some chocolate and alcohol in the nose. This may have had a bit of TCA in it as well. Flavors were lean, framed by a ton of tannins that seemed to be unresolved and overwhelming the 8-year old fruit. Currant, alcohol and chocolate flavors but really, these were knocked a bit loopy by those tannins. For such an old wine (by Chilean standards), I expected more.
The colors are ruby to the edge with hints of purple and it is opaque, blackish-red down the robe. Scents are like blackberries, floral notes, olive and dark chocolate. The tast is also like blackberries, with currant, coffee, olive, and cherry and chocolate appearing later as it opened a bit. The tannins are fine and satin like and are still pronounced. The finish lingers and let this open up a bit first. Cheers Aunt Patty!
Don Melchor Night (Rick's & Cris'): Decanted for 3 hours, then allowed to breathe in bottle for another 3+. Notes of loam, dark fruit, grapefruit and cat urine. Full-bodied, with firm, chalky tannins and flavors of red and dark fruits. Still has quite a bit of oak to integrate. Took a long while in the glass for the citrus and cat urine notes to dissipate and let the fruit come through. The furthest from ready...give this 6+ hours in the decanter if drinking now; even better to let it sleep in the cellar for a few years yet.
Amazing wine! One of the best this year. Decanted for 2 hours, full bodied with rich black fruit with sophistication. Beautiful notes of Black cherry, cassis, tobacco and earthy tar. Acidity was spot on and finish lingered for over a minute. I will remember this one.
Massive wine. Not much change prior to previous note in 08. Fruit is hidden amongst dominant tobacco/cedar/cigar, subtle herb, and the scent of the heating oil in your grandparent's old unit in the basement. Really softened over the course of 4+ hours in the decanter - initially its tough.
Drank over the course of two nights. Decanted for an hour and a half on the first night. Very strong tobacco / cigar box aroma right out of the gate. Also had some coffee scent to it as well, and some forest floor. Taste had dark fruit, maybe some blueberry, but not a lot of it. Quite a bit of acidity here, even on the second night it still hadn't worn off. I think this will last quite a while longer, but with the fruit not being very prominent now, I'm not sure that it will end up paying dividends to hold. Had with filet mignon the first night, then on its own the second night - much better with food.
Dark red in color, sweet dark fruit, green (herbal), pepper, powdery tannis, subtle smoke, and tobacco. The sweet fruit is delivered on the front palate, nice mid palate with pepper notes and nice acidity, but the finish while a bit short for me does exhibit the powdery tannis.
Pretty much same as the last couple years. I like the mellowing a bit, the flavors are a bit more integrated, nothing overpowering. A bit hallow, without a very long finish. Enjoyable, drinkable and well made, just nothing special (which tends to sum up these Melchor's).
Let breathe in the bottle for two hours. Dark purple color. Bouquet of dark plums, spice, some finely crushed rock and granite as well as a distinct petrol quality that's really nice and unique to the terroir. The palate shows equally dark fruit but it's not over extracted at all. There is nice purity to the flavor profile. Dark masculine coal, iron and purple flowers lead to a juicy but constructed finish that is high in well well developed tannins, striking acid and alcohol that improves the weight of the juice. A really nice wine. I want to sample more of this bottling from vintage to vintage.
Haven't had a bottle of this for 18 months. Dark Purple. Nose of earth, vanilla, menthol, and blackberry. Full palate of ripe dark fruit, earth, leather, graphite, and minerals. Excellent length. Focused acidity. Surprisingly grippy tannins. Elements of both New World and Old World styles.
No formal notes. Definitely developing the secondary flavors of tobacco, cigar box, smoke and earth. Still has youthful fruit of blueberry and plum. But the earth/eucalyptus/smoke notes are definitely more pronounced. Very Good
From 750 ml bottle. Not tasted blind. Very fruity nose, full of black currants and under brush. Very good tannin grip in palate, along with great midpalate coverage from ripe mountain fruit. This does not have the telltale Maipo Eucalyptus and wet loam aromas. If tasted blind, I would have had a very tough time identifying origin. Regradless, this is an excellent wine.
De botella de 750 ml. No probado a ciegas. Nariz muy frutal, llena de grosella negra y matorral de bosque. Los taninos capturan con fuerza el paladar. La cobertura de fruta madura cubre el paladar medio totalmente. Su origen no es discernible, pues carece de los aromas típicos del terruño del Maipo Alto, como el eucalipto y limo húmedo. A pesar de ello, es un vino excelente.
Decanted prior to drinking, with about 30 minutes of aeration. Great wine in my opinion with lots of complexity and balance, but in a subtle way. On the nose it has notes of smoke and bacon to go with the dark berries. On the palate, it lingers and develops with flavors of charcoal and earth. The alcohol is well balanced in the wine, and makes it easy to drink on its own or with food. I've had several Don Melchor wines over the last few years, and really like this style.
Very rich nose, borderline jammy. A lot of dark/blue fruits with some tar/charcoal notes. Sweet fruit, ripe and smooth tannins. Velvety. It tastes like a technical wine and like it should cost $15, not whatever the current price is.
very dark violet color, intense dark fruits, a little greenish which was actually attractive. Slightly smoky, dusty tannin, eucalyptus, soy sauce, and definitely a generous body, much more so than the '01 that I remember. Very good indeed but a bit tiresome after a couple of glasses.
One hour decant, served with filet mignon and chipotle-gorgonzola sauce. Always wonderful...why haven't I been buying this every year to keep my vertical going? Bordeaux-like without the forest floor/barnyard component. I'm not a big fan of the greener vegetal notes, but this is so faint that it rounds out the terroir of this beauty.
This was decanted for 2 hours. Fading ruby at the edge and smelled like cocoa, smoke, tar and dark fruits. Tastes noted were currants, blackberries, bell pepper, eucalyptus, and cappuccino. The tannins were drying but not coarse and I think this will last another couple of years. The finish was medium to long and there was a little heat. We drank this as the last of 33 Chilean miners was brought to the surface by rescuers. Cheers Chile!
Flannery Steak Trial Run (The Lew Residence): Fragrant nose of tar, scorched earth, and very strong eucalypts nose with an edge of green pepper. Dark fruit profile, with plum and currants, and a little cassis highlight. Coarse, chewy tannins still prominent. Lengthy finish with a lava rock/scorched earth quality, toast, and coffee. Shows prominent earth flavors, with good fruit underneath, but the greenness kept this from being more enjoyable for me. On day 2 this wine was more integrated, but still dominated by dark earthy flavors. Less green notes and little more meat and leather.
deep ruby. Cassis, stony fruits, loaminess in the background. Full bodied, rich with a good balance of fruit and savory components. Dark chocolate and stony fruits with casiis and in balance. A bit rustic with good textural mouthfeel. Lithe and simultaneously rich and deep. Early peak and outstanding.
WTF. Tasted from a bottle that had slow o'ed for one day. Nose of cassis, plum, tobacco, mocha, mint. On the palate, black currant, plum, mocha. Clipped finish with drying tannins. Probably the worst DM I have ever tried. Excellent. Drink or hold.
Tasted double blind. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose was a bit greenish with some added notes of berries. Fairly green on the palate as well with a bit of berries. Light to medium acidity, tannins and body. Drink now. My guess was a California Merlot.
On the nose there is some funk that blows off quickly. Flavors are layered with well integrated tannins and long finish. Tobacco, cedar, coffee, currants with some Chilean spice of eucalyptus. Very nice. Decant.
Typical Don Melchor. Nose has telltale Maipo terroir of wet loam, black currant and fresh eucalyptus. In the palate, this seems a bit riper than usual, with lactic flavors and a flavorful finish that shows surprisingly low tannins for its age.
Típico Don Melchor. La nariz es dominada por el terruño del valle del Maipo con limo húmedo, grosella negra y eucalipto. En boca, parece más maduro que otros años, pues exhibe sabores más lácticos. El final es fructuoso y exhibe menos taninos de lo usual para este Cabernet concentrado.
No formal notes. Decanted for 5+hrs; mouth coating, hints of leather, eucaliptus, bacon and black fruits with a peppery finish. Smooth tannins that need to resolve. Will not open another one for 2-3 years. It will improve. (92-94)
Not much different from my last note on this bottle. Short decant of 30 minutes and it didn't seem closed at all. A little leather and menthol on the nose. The finish was short and a little vegetal but strong flavors of bing cherries and semi-sweet chocolate.
Decanted for three hours and had with porterhouse from the grill. The nose was what I expected; leather and licorice. The wine was elegant much like a wine from Margaux but the finish was a little short. Well balanced with coffee and spice on the palette.
Had the 2004, 2003 and 2002 last night. Didn't take notes, but this was a remarkably consistent and excellent trio of wines. Each weren't quite ready for prime time, even with extending decanting. Blackberries with a slight hint of mint and tar on the noses, and a concentrated, structured similar profile on the full bodied palate. Hard to pick a favourite, although the 2002 was drinking best, but the 2004 was my favourite by a nose, even though it was the most tannic right now. It's not a crime to drink these now, but they have a lot of time left in them, as they have considreable tannins and still a hint of oak. I'd score all these vintages in the 92-93 point range. Great stuff!
Holiday catch up: I'm not sure I get what all of the hype was about on this wine from WS. To me, seemed much more of a lighter bodied, red fruited cab with a bit more acidity than usual. Might be a style issue since I like my cabs with a bit more tannins and a bit richer. Thankfully I only bought one.
There we go -- my last bottle and it finally lived up to the hype. Dark fruit, currant, some creamy oak that had a tobacco thing to it. Well structured and balanced, with polished tannins and nice acidity that gives great focus to the ripe fruit. Lots of bottle variation in these. Out of 4, one was too young, but two were just off.
Having enjoyed other vintages of this wine (2002, 2004x3), I was very disappointed in this. Decanted for an hour. A strong cocoa note dominated the finish...perhaps this was an off bottle as I have read of bottle variation for this wine.
The Blind Drunks monthly tasting (Joe P's): Garnet color. Strong note of cat urine, along with grapefruit, tar and loam qualities. Full-bodied, with very nice balance on the palate. Flavors of tar, dark fruit and herbs with a medium+ length finish. One of tasters nailed this wine double blind.
This was decanted for three hours, then allowed to breathe in bottle for another four+. Now in the awkward stage, showing the urine & sour qualities, though the palate maintains good balance and fruit. This will be outstanding in time. Check back in around 2014/2015.
Way too tight night one. Vinturi-ed, decanted, swirled...didn't matter.
Night two...opened up a bunch. Nose of cassis, ash and pepper. Heavy, dark fruit highlighted by plum and black cherry on the palate which, at this point, resembles an Aussie shiraz more than a cab. Loads of pepper and coffee on the back end, with decent acidity and sweet, round tannins. Quite high octane, and dominated by the pepper. Definitely needs extended decanting at this point.
opened, poured a glass and then let the rest sit in bottle for 3 hours. At that point, the wine was ready to go. Good dark fruit profile - heavy and extracted. I thought it was a good value and ready to start drinking. It seemed like the tannins still might have a little "resolution" in their future, but I am not sure. Based on this bottle, I would not be afraid to open one up. Open it a little early in case you need to air it out in a decanter.
Drank with grilled steak. It was a few days ago so excuse the limited notes. Nose was muted even after a 2 hour+ decant. Good fruit, nice integration of the oak. Nice finish. Just did not get near the mid-90s for me. 2nd of 5 bottles.
Thought I would check up on one of these. Medium deep purple. Nose of charcoal, dark fruits, leather and olive, somewhat reticent. Good dark berry taste on the palate, reasonably well balanced, blackberry liqueur, coffee, cedar and some spice. Really nice as it sits on the mid-palate, with a decent 20+ second finish. Oak in the background. Lets see if it holds up over the hours. Update: does not hold up very well. Gets less interesting in the glass.
Great chile cab. Closed a bit on nose, new world but with some old world flavor in there. Vegetal thing going on, nice minerality, black fruits, currants, cigarbox, still get the oak but not too bad, good finish, good balanced, full bodied, would go well with some lamb we had it with Delmonico steaks witch worked out nicely. I still like the 01 Almaviva a bit better, more funk and earth.
3 Blind Cabs (Reno, NV): #1 Red rim, medium + extraction, moderate + depth of color. On the nose very savory with red > dark fruits that slightly exceed new oak barrique notes and earth. There is a scorched, roasted dark cherry aspect to the fruit that comes with a distinctively herbal note. On the palate the wine has high acidity that is somewhat coarse in nature… a classic Cabernet midpalate that is firm… the wine transitions smoothly into a moderate + to high tannin finish that is of moderate ripeness… tannins are mouthcoating and slightly coarse/unintegrated. Seems to be about 14 to 14.5% alcohol. Average balance, very nice length, good intensity, moderate + complexity. Wine has good finesse, has some textural issues (I think the roughness at the end may get better with time… the roughness at the beginning I don’t think will resolve). Wine is pretty classic for Chilean Cabernet and certainly has the potential to improve over the next 2 to 4 years.
From 375ml. Youthful, deep crimson color. Nose of cassis and currants, but consisting of mainly non-fruit flavors of cedar, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and scorched earth. Palate with fine soft tannins, still quite prominent. Plenty of crushed berries, currants on and cassis on the palate, with a seamless transition into a finish of tar, coffee, cigar box, and scorched earth. Complex,balanced, and great concentration w/o being heavy, this is appears to be in the beginning of its drinking window. Next bottle in 2-3 years, should last another 10-15yrs with ease.
Belated impression from a couple weeks ago. Tighter than an 03 Almaviva we had at the same time, less round in the mouth, more tannic (astringent. mostly), notes of licorice and a touch menthol. Not sure what to think, as a bottle I had in summer 08 was much better. Perhaps very low level TCA?
If I were writing this in a letter, it would read...."Dear Don Melchor, I love you." Beautifully made wine all around. Layers of dark juicy fruits with the right amount of sugar, pipe tobacco, burnt cedar, and natural leather. This wine danced on my tongue and the finish was wonderful and long. This wine should drink well for some time and as young as it is is showing wonderful potential. The next few years might make this incredible. Loving this one!!!
Drank with flank steak softened by overnight marinade. Didn't take notes. Overall impression: WOW! This was one of the best wines I have had this year. This is the second bottle I have consumed of a half case that has been in the cellar since release. The first bottle was too young and underwhelming. This wine is REALLY singing. Don Melchor wines beautifully blend new and old world styles. There is no flavor profile of an aging wine. It is still very youthful and focused.
Decanted for one hour. More red than purple in glass. Gorgeous nose of boysenberries and blueberries, with some menthol and bay leaf. Before the wine leaves the bottle, it fills the air with perfume. Blueberry pie on the palate, with notes of cassis, cocoa, pipe tobacco, cedar and chamomile. The taste is good and complex, but not up to the nose at this point. Long finish, but still a bit hot. I'm guessing that it will taste better in the morning, if I manage to leave any over.
Clear, full ruby. Clean, medium plus intensity aromas of red fruits, herbs, pencil, tar rubber, smoke. Medium acid, medium tannin. Flavors match aromas with long finish of cassis, plum, red berries, herbs, smoke, pencil. Dramatic improvement since my last bottle.
Dark garnet to ruby at the rim. Decanter 12 hrs. Captivating nose of cedar and eucalyptus, graphite, spice, little bit of chocolate, red fruit like raspberries coated with just a dash of white pepper. Mouth coating on the attack, raspberries and brambly fruit on the attack, gorgeous acidity rushing straight down the center of the tongue, transitioning into dark powdery cocoa, like a basil/thyme herbal thing that runs right into what some would call heat but comes through clearly as eucalyptus/menthol on the back-end. Finish lasts forever. Unbelievably smooth, flawless balance. Massive presence but full of finess. This wine just clicks as classic and elegant. Speechless. Will hold for another 5-10.
First of a half case. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Was very good, but didn't get to the mid 90's level for me. Nose was a bit disappointing in that it didn't hit me in the face. Hope my remaining bottles drink more like the WS score. Sorry for the lack of detailed notes...drank this a week ago.
Decanted for 1/2 hour in am. Delicious chocolate notes then. Unfortunately at Pacific Time we relied on their Bordeaux glasses which reeked of chlorine, and tainted the wine. (Fortunatelywe had brought Spiegelau Pinot glasses with which we drank the Chardonnay, and Pinot Noirs.) The 90 reflects my tasting in the morning. Brought the remaining half home to finish Sunday.
Pitch Dark in color, with blackberry, currant, scorched earth, tobacco, coffee, and leather exploding from the glass. Full bodied with big soft tannins. The long plush finish keeps pumping out dark fruit. - JD94
Decanted for an hour. Youthful purple in the glass. Nose of raspberry and eucalyptus. Extremely complex on the palate, with blue fruits, tobacco, bay leaf and cardamom. Long finish. Still very primary and tannic, this will likely reach great heights.
Dark colour with a nice floral nose, scents of sweet fruit(cassis, and some blackberry), methol/camphor and mint and hints of coffee all well interwoven. The palate is linear, well defined if not a little muted with blackberry, cedar and cassis flavours. The finish is medium length with some sediment thrown in the glass. I believe it may be in a dumb phase as even thought it was structured, it was not a wow wine. It got better over the next 2 hours in my glass so a decant may be been the required course of action. 91-92 for now. Keep cellaring.
Very young and tight. What a classy wine. It's very elegant yet also hedonistic. The aromas constantly evolve. Nice nose of tobacco, smoke, basil & sage, vanilla, cassis, cooked plum, rose pettles, forrest floor, swamp and cedar. Great structure with lots of not overly ripe fruit to back it up. Spicy on the palate. Nice cinamin, eucalyptus, pepper, chocolate,and black fruit. Great now, but should really evolve with more age. Give this wine 3 hours to decant.
Black currant, red licorice, fig, earth, cedar on a dark and jammy, but also slightly floral, nose. Plenty of black fruit here, layered and fairly refined, although open-knit and ripe. Blackberry, plum, black currant, and there is a touch of toasted oak on the finish, which is medium to long, and has bittersweet chocolate and black licorice. Despite the obvious new world leanings, there is old world structure and discipline here.
Popped and poured. Great aromas, cassis, plume, mocha, kirsch, tobacco, and minit. Silkly on the palate with blank currant, plum, blackberry, tobacco, mocha. Long finish with sweet but dry tannins. Drinking well now, probably has some more upside. Outstanding. Great Value. Drink or Hold.
Dark red, dark ruby edges. Big notes of tobacco and tar. Fruit of blackberry and currants are being blocked out initially by the strong initial aromas. Palate was iron, some pepper and black currant. Some black tea flavors, well tamed tannins, noticeable and drying w/o food. Need food, steak or grilled lamb!. Definitely unique!
First night: iron and bright. Astringent on side of tongue but that is not a bad thing here. Fruity as well. Very fragrant upon opening, that good luscious cab bouquet. 2nd night: Much better. The sharp edges smoothed out and my tongue doesn't feel like it's being attacked with needles. Tannins evolved and softened yet there is a real nice drying feel in the finish. Now last sip on 1/5/08 as it rested in corked bottle, this wine has completely transformed into a very good wine. Before it was bright and lots of cherry; now it has softened and calmed down. I also taste that Chilean alcohol heat and structure now. The alcohol is not the burning shellac type, rather, I can detect only on exhale. Convinced this wine requires lots of open bottle time if consumed now. Lay off this for 3-6 years for next one. And tannins very fine grained, almost a silt like sediment left in glass left out overnight.
Much, much better than from 5 months ago. Medium bodied. Medium-Dark purple, great nose of tar, black fruit, socks. A bit shallow mid palate, but great dark and red fruits, with cinnamon and clove, and a decent finish. Very good for the release price. Oak seems in the background, and minor tannins on the finish. Update: Lost quite a bit on day 2.
Like arthrovine we openned and decanted about 1 hr prior to a boned in ribeye for Christmas dinner. Not a note taking event but I can report this wine is open for business and will certainly get better for a few years and last for a long time. bright purple color , wonderful nose and well integrated tannins to go with the layers of fruit, cherries , herbs and chocolate 92pt
Opened and decanted for 1 hour prior to serving with bone-in rib eyes and garlic-mashed at well-known steakhouse. Nose was dark chocolate, cigar, cedar, dark fruit with a bit of heat that mellowed at the last glass. Initial mouth feel was very nice, with tannins coating the palate but not overpowering the dark fruit, tobacco, and cedar notes. Mid-palate also showed tobacco, smoke, dark fruit. Long finish. Tannins present, but not over-powering. Great wine with a fattier cut like the rib-eye. Will not drink another for at least 3 years. Fantastic bottle.
Opened and decanted at my 40th bday party with the Rungs and Smiths. It was very tight upon opening but opened nicely within 30 mins. I wish I had another bottle or two of this one. No detailed notes as Andy really drank the bottle.
Opened another and my 96 rating stands... I too, am looking forward to drinking more of these, but will hold out for the special occassions. Still feel the 2003 was Don's best bottle... with only 3 left, I wish I had another case.
Tasted while comparing Riedels Extreme Vinum and Sommelier Bordeaux stem ware. Knock out nose, well balanced, dark fruit, chocolate, mild complexity, with a hint of vanilla. Excellent medium long fruity finish. Looking forward to enjoying again.
The Riedel Sommelier stem definitely revealed the wines qualities better.
Decanted 4+ hours. This was MUCH betterthan last bottle we had about a year ago. Nose has some cedar and dark fruits, almost Bordeaux-like. On the palate, chocolate, black fruits, licorice and tobacco. Still very tannic and completely mouth coating. Drinking well but has a long life ahead. I enjoyed this one a lot.
Upon opening it was all coffee and toast on the palate. Decanted for 2 hours. Expressive nose of red and dark fruits with some cedar. Palate had the same red and dark fruit profile with the coffee and toast more in the background. Nice spicy finish. Day 2...More of a dark fruit profile on the nose now with earth/loam and a hint of cedar. Palate was darker as well with a good mixture of spice and toast. Still young.
Right now, I just do not get the hype. Decent nose (typical cab nose, though the 'boost' from cab franc does not come out). But simple on the palate. Somewhat closed, so maybe more time could help. Almost bitter, though some decent dark fruit and chocolate. Expected more, and have liked previous vintages (though again not to the level of the professional reviews).
Really nice bottle, drinking very well; the 18 months since the last of these have been kind. Decanted for 30 mins first then poured - from the get-go, an expressive, rich nose with earth/loam, raspberry and maybe cedar. On the palate, great red fruits (raspberry, cherry, etc) with more chocolate and earth, very bright acidity that lingers into the long finish. Tannins there but not objectionable; in fact, I wouldn't want less tannin - great balance.
Had immediately after the DM 2002. In comparison, it is much darker, you can barely see through it. There is no sediment left in the bottle. It is also much tighter on the nose. It finally opened up after decanting for 2 hours. There're many more notes of fruit than secondary notes on this one. Black currant, cassis, oak, bitter chocolate, coffee. On the palate it is full and persisten. Its tannins have not yet subsided, as in it's older sibling. There are some great bitter notes and its acidity is even more evident. It's still very young but with a bright future ahead. Great assemblage, nicely extracted, impecable integration, outstanding structure. What a lovely wine this is.
Simply Awesome. But be aware, even after decanting and allowing to glass aerate, this wine was still tight and not quite ready to go. Prime will be at least another 2-5 years away. Gorgeous color, balance, and texture that one would expect from this wine. No specific notes, just fond memories.
After grand tour experience with 05's had to revisit this one. This was much more like it. Tannins and acidity have settled nicely and the typical chilean loam and dark chocolate notes take over. Supple in the mouth with very nice dark fruit flavors and a mocha tinged long finish. The loam taste is so distinct.
Finally the first of the last 4 vintages I've tried that I liked. Nice earthy aromas and flavors with berry fruit rounding it out nicely. Excellent body and structure. For the price and the reputation though a disappointment overall still as the other bottles, not a fruit bomb as I wasn't looking for one but just not there with the hype, have tried quite a few other wines that deliver more at this price point.
Deep and dense color . Coca Cola, leather, dusty- earthy with hint of resinous cedar nose. Huge wine, black cherries, black currants and dark chocolate on the palate. Tannins seem to get tougher the longer the bottle was open. Too young to drink now in my opinion.. I would wait another 3-5 years at least before trying again .. This wine has the stuffing but didn't seem to have reached it's full potential ..
Danibus is right on. This was disappointing given all the scores, attention, etc. I thought it was a bit "flat" and unexciting (and I say that compared to other really good wines). In it's own league it's very good. However, I was expecting much more. Easy to drink and nice, but not excellent.
Berries and cassis on the nose. Mouthful of dark fruit, chocolate, plum, and menthol. Huge and extracted. Nice acidity and healthy tannins. Plenty tasty, but primary right now and a bit one-dimensional given all the hype. Excellent, sure, but not at the level I'd expected. Enough quality material, however, that it may improve and develop more complexities over time. 91+
Decanted for 1 hour, drank over the following 2. Served with prime filet mignon and roasted fingerling potatos. This started singing after about 2 hours time, and was really opening up towards the end. Very complex with notes of tobacco, black cherry, cassis, loam, cedar and a touch of mint (maybe eucalyptus). Tannins are still very strong... I'll let my remaining 3 sleep a while and try another one in a year. 93-95 points.
After an hour and a half in the decanter, this wine was fantastic. Some tobacco with a bit of dark chocolate and slight cherry scents with an excellent mix of currant and dark berries and an amazingly soft tannin structure that provides an incredible mouthfeel for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine Spectator made this the #4 wine of 2006 and it totally deserves that rank. Unfortunately, this was our last 03 and we'll have to move on to the 04's, which may be just as good.
Tannins have smoothed out some and while very good it is still a little disjointed over just a one hour period. Quite a bit saved for day two. A little smoother on 2nd day and very enjoyable (92pts) but these will continue to improve. Enjoy now with a vigorous decant or hold.
Opened up after about an hour, showing a nice cedar and spice nose. Leather, licorice and lots of black cherry on the pallate. Rich and smooth, good tannins and balance. Maybe just a little tight still, think some more age will improve this.
Decanted for 3 hours.. Great nose and good fruit, long finish, bit still quite tannic. On the second day the fruit still held up but the tannins had not softened as much as expected. I'm not going to touch another bottle for 3 years.
After experiencing a flawed bottle of this vintage I decided to pop open another one to make sure I didn't get a bad case. Thankfully, it was only the one which was flawed. This wine is spectacular. I truly enjoy this wine everytime. The rest I will save for a special occassion as this is a wine for wine lovers. I'm sure as this wine ages it will be even better. Decanted the wine through a filtered funnel and let sit for about 1 - 2 hours, this opened up the aromas and flavors. Very smooth, powerful wine; is best paired with filet mignon or a good spanish dish. Its a favorite among many...and is worth finding.
Dark chocolate, dark berries, but a nasty metallic-ness. Tasted blind and lease favorite of 4 wines. Did WS really give this 96 points? Tasted alone, it might be a good wine but if you compare this to some others, it is not that good. 2nd dissapointing bottle. I just don't get this wine.
Very nice effort, and wonderful wine to pair with a flavorful steak and good friends. The story here is the mouthfeel, texture, and taste of the wine. Honestly, I would probally rate this wine an 87-89 based on the aromas, beyond the dark fruit profile, I really started to pick up on some green bell pepper (which is not my favorite). However, on the palate the wine made a great recovery(probably a 93-94), with concentrated fruit flavors, a nice balance of acidity and structure, and most of all a creamyness that was outstanding. The wine also seams pretty young right now and I think it has better days ahead of it.
WS NYWE Top Ten tasting (Marriott Marquis): Medium purple color. Forward sharp nose of red raspberry and spice - notes of lignified stems. Big bold ripe black fruit on a sturdy tannin/acid frame. Puckering, but not giving up all that much at this point.
2006 WS Top Ten Tasting (NYC): Ranked #4. $47. Represented on the dais by winemaster Enrique Tirado, who noted that his goal is to make Don Melchor a “concentrated and expressive wine with finesse and balance.” The 282-acre vineyard is divided into small parcels and farmed by hand. It has stony soil and temperatures that fall dramatically at night. In 2003, they had spectacular weather. The blend is 95% Cab Sauvignon and 5% Cab Franc. This was an enjoyable cab, with blackberry, mint and cassis notes, supple tannins and decent length and depth. HS said it was “Lively blend of cab sauvignon and vineyard. A New World wine with Old World antecedents.” BS noted its “cedary tobacco and coffee flavors. Distinctively Chilean with a loamy minerality.” Enjoyable now, but should also age well for another 5-7 years.
Don Melchor vertical 1995-2004 (Monterrey, Mexico): Darkest purple of all wines tasted tonight. This is the ripest of all Don Melchors tasted tonight and, as expected, exhibits riper aromas of caramel and melted butter, dark fruits and a creamy, lactic aroma. Full to medium bodied, tannic and offering a drier finish than others.
Honestly drank this early this summer and remember little. I think I gave it 90-92. Remember thinking that it drank well but maybe I wasn't exposed enough to chilean wines to truly appreciate what I should be looking for. I'll have to get another bottle.
It never has disapointed, full of cherry, currant, integreated tanins a friend suggested this could even be drank at the end of the evening with some dark chocolate or desert. wonderful wine. let it open up for more enjoyment.
This bottle of wine was a very interesting experience. The first night we took it out of the cellar, opened it and poured a couple of glasses which we let sit while it came up to room temperature. Even after sitting for about an hour, the wine was still all over the place. We enjoyed a glass each and then stuck the cork back in the bottle and left it on the counter. The next night we went back and tried it again and it was completely different. Everything was wonderfully integrated, balanced and smooth with nice fruit mixed with dark chocolate on the nose and a great finish.
Deep crimson-purple; intense black currants, blackberries, wet stones; dark berry, medium-full body, good balance, good structure, firm ripe tannins, long finish. Decanted 4 hrs. Rich and structured Cab. Sauv. that developed complexity throughout the evening. This will improve over the next 5-10 yrs. Excellent with medium-rare striploin.
A very complex and interesting wine, changing over the course of 5 hours being open. I would have wished for a better nose on this wine, but the body and flavor profile are amazing - intense dark fruits, slightly charred, seasoned meats, green pepper (that goes away after airing), and a spectacular finish that goes on for about a minute and disappears in a whisper.
Taken and drank at my favorite restaurant, however just opened and poured. VERY smoky for about an hour and I really think we did the wine a disservice by not decanting it. Upon the final pour, the smokiness subsided and the wine showed massive black fruit and was absolutely great. Don't get me wrong, it evolved a lot in the first hour, but that last glass was a different animal. Definately splash decant it now for at least an hour before drinking. You'll be rewarded!!
Much better than last time. I am really surprised at how much better this is. Rich, deep fruit with excellent acidity and a very smooth finish. The nose has a Châteauneuf-du-Pape quality to it. I should have saved this for a more special occasion. 93+Pts this time.
Decanted 5 hrs, consumed with Brazilian Pichana and Asperagus. Part of a little 03 around the world with some friends (03 Pintas, 03Talbot, 03 Turnbull, 03 DM). This was the 2nd best overall wine of the night right behind the Turnbull, but for me it was the most profound. A lot of structre, as one would expect, but plenty of black fruit, road tar and tobacco--amazing. Very full in the mouth with good acidity and a long 60+ second finish. The lofty achohol was not noticable. I would love to try this in 20 years but my stock will never last that long; get it if you can find it.
Púrpura. Aromas intensos, potentes e exuberantes de framboesa, cassis, tostado, fruta madura, envolta por eucalipto e baunilha. Taninos muito numerosos, firmes ainda, com acidez média e final muito longo. Grande concentração e potencial. Bastante diferente do Maximiano da mesma safra, provado recentemente, apresentando mais fruta e estrutura. 92+pts O/E.
The nose was quintessentially Chilean with a dominant loamy note that was complemented by a eucalyptus/ minty note. The latter note has been proclaimed dead by many )among them James Molesworth from Wine Spectatar), but I still find it. I was expecting good things in the palate, but was dissapointed. The density is there, as is a nice texture, but this is lacking in the mid palate and in fruit purity. Aside from an atractive scorched earth note, this wine falls short on the fruit.
Dark inky purple color. Nose of blackberries, cherries, smoke, earth and mocha. Flavors of cherries, raspberries, mocha, and light tobbacco. Medium to full bodied wine with excellent mouthfeel and a long finish. This is so much better than the 02 vintage that was much more tarry and dirty in comparison to this highly focused wine. What a pleasure to drink this bottle among friends.
Best Melchor I've had. It's young with heady fruit up front, more prominent than the tar and ketone smell I have objected to in past vintages. Tannins are firm but under control making it drinkable now. More oak and vanilla with raspberry and currant on the palate. Finishes long and warm.
Much better than the 2001 at the same stage of development. Aromas of kirsch, cassis, plum, & mocha. Silky feel in the mouth with dark berry flavors and dark currants. Long finish with dry tannins. Drinking beautifully now and has the structure to age well.
Opened this a day in advance because of previous tastings but poured a glass to try and it was very good. The tannins were much more resolved that the last bottle and it was very enjoyable with just a little bit of air. Day 2 and a little left for Day 3 were both very good as well.
Decanted for 4 hours. On the nose, red fruit, spice, tobacco and leather. Still somewhat tight, but I think will be incredible in 5 years. I think it has the potential to go for 10-20 years. Glad I have more.
Opened, decanted, drank; initial impression--tasted like a good cali-cab, very little on the nose. After an hour the Chilean characteristics began to show through; black fruit driven with hints of tobacco, mint and white pepper. The wine has enough tannin and acidity to keep the alchohol under wraps while the wine evolves over the next 10 years or so. Good QPR by todays standards.
Decanted 2 hours. Strong dark fruit flavors with some mint or spice notes. Heavily tannic with not enough fruit to support it. I fell I opened this one way too early and will not open the other for at least 3 or 4 years.
Opened to compare with the 2003 Catena Alta Malbec. On the ruby side of the spectrum, showing the tell tale bull's blood color of Don Melchor. Upon opening, he nose is overly earthy and the euaclyptus notes too overwhelming. Full to medium bodied, mono dimensional and with slightly coarser tannin. This is not nearly as attractive as the Catena. I am getting disspointed from this Wine Spectator 96 points.
DAY 2. Wow, this wine has improved! It retains the wet earth and menthol notes, but they are more in the background now, giving way to laser like black currant and smoke. Full to medium body and persistent tannin that has a distinctively dusty quality. This wine could lose some tannin to become more pleasant. This is much better than last night. It is shier, not as extroverted as the lusciously fruity Catena, but may be the most interesting wine in 5 years.
Wow!..decanted..after 1 hour, inky deep red-purple (stained my wife's lips), muted nose but a hint of menthol, easy palate entry, full body, pure, smooth and focused. Tannins are mouthcoating but not at all harsh. Primary dark fruits. Long, long finish. This went VERY well with a meal, but no doubt will be outstanding in a few more years. Won't touch another bottle for a year.. Its now 6hrs after decanting; lovely cigar-limestone nose, blackcurrants coming through on the palate and a delicious finish. Love it. I'm upgrading to 96 points
w/pan seared ribeye. Decanted and waited 30 min; should have waited 2 hours. Best at 3 hours, was still changing through 4. This is the bar for pure expression of cab sauv. Not ready to drink the rest, serve '00 for Cab night
88-89pts?..Dissapointed with this showing. I knew it was not getting GREAT reviews but they were averaging out in the 92-93 range so I decided to take a chance. This lacks the fruit and depth to score it much higher. Nowhere near a $70 wine which is the current price. Very Nice nose that reminds me of a bordeaux..Some mint some Beringer like oak and a fading of the fruit into acidity. In simple terms, This is more earth & oak and acid and less fruit than I would have hoped for. Although I could enjoy it after a few hours of air (mainly from the nose) I would not buy again. Wine Spectator screwed the pooch on his one.
Drank better than the 95 Beringer Private Reserve that was also on the table. Decanted about 3 hours before drinking. Nice minty/menthol notes. Tannins significant but not distracting. Went well with my lamb and my wife's Kobe beef.
Bright red color, stained my decanter. Rich nose, silky mouthfeel. Well balanced with cassis, cranberry, earth and chocolate with a touch of herb/mint in there. Nice length, fine tannins. For $35, you can't go wrong.
The Blind Drunks monthly tasting (Rich & Dana's): Decanted for 4 hours and then poured back in the bottle and recorked for about two hours before being served double blind at the November Blind Drunks tasting. I was slightly concerned about this bottle as it was obviously exposed to some heat, judging by the wine found under the capsule and stained up the side of the cork. Deep garnet color. Ripe dark fruit, mint and eucalyptus notes. Chewy tannins, with dark fruit and oak flavors. Long finish. Drinking very well, despite the obvious heat that this particular bottle was exposed to.
Second Bottle I have had now. Still a tasty bottle of wine. Easy to drink. good structure. Nice mix of black and red fruits. Blue berries on the nose and pure cassis on the palate. Nice wine. 96 pts? no. Woty? no. But a deal for sub 50 bucks. yes!
Decided to pop a bottle since this did not win wine of the year. Deep purple in the glass. Decanted 1 hour. Nose of cocoa, oak and currant. Slightly tannic. Opened up more over another hour and half to reveal black cherry and hints of mint. May not be the WOTY but I am glad I speculated on 6 @ $38. Outstanding and will improve with time.
Drank at an offline. Definitely needs decanting time of an hour or so before it shows it's true colors. Aromas of roasted nuts and coffee and palate of chocolate, more roasted coffee. mocha and a long finish. Some drying tannins that will go away with time.
Try and refrain from opening for at least 2 years.
Purpura escuro. Saltam aromas bastante intensos de fruta madura, cereja preta, chocolate e tabaco. Na boca é sedoso com numerosos taninos doces, acidez razoável e um persistente e agradável final. Marca o meio de boca com a medeira apresentando café e tabaco, fruta madura bem concentrada, algo verdeal ao fundo (menta,eucalipto). Nota-se claramente que ainda está novo e que puxa pra o "novo mundo" mas com elegância. Acredito que evolua bem dada à concentração de fruta, boa estrutura e acidez presente. Difícil falar da longevidade. Um vinho com certeza muito bem feito e marcado pela intensidade. Fundo de taça trazendo novamente o tabaco doce. Excelente. 92+
De modo geral, a impressão anterior se mantém. Comparados com os outros Don Melchor que já tomei, esse é o mais 'novo mundo'. Muita fruta madura, levemente adocicado, acidez boa mas não alta. Difícil prever se irá ganhar complexidade e integrar o álcool. Para meu gosto pessoal, só melhoraria se a 'doçura' desse lugar a algo mais austero e complexo, mas por enquanto não acredito nisso. A qualidade, porém, é inegável -- e deve agradar quem gosta do estilo. Abrir o próximo só em 2009. 92+pts. O.
Decantado por 30 min, devolvido à garrafa (onde ficou por 1 hora) e então decantado novamente no restaurante por mais 1 hora. Intenso perfume saltou do decanter logo que o líquido foi vertido. Muito marcante, então, o misto de aromas indicativos do longo estágio em barrica (14 meses – carvalho francês) e de fruta madura, somado ao álcool, bastante presente. Com o tempo, a sensação de madeira diminuiu de intensidade, mas sempre se destacando, às vezes quase encobrindo a fruta. Sedoso, taninos muito numerosos e macios, boa acidez, tabaco, chocolate, licor de cereja e fruta mais madura do que eu particularmente gostaria. Não se deu bem com a comida (pappardelle ao ragù de coelho e, depois, codorna recheada com cogumelos e legumes). Ao menos por ora, não é problema de má harmonização, mas do perfil do vinho, que não se mostra muito receptivo à comida. Final muito longo e fundo de copo agradável. Melhora muito se provado sozinho. Muito jovem, reunindo ótimas condições para evoluir, embora um pouco mais de acidez não fizesse mal. A avaliação mais justa seria pontuá-lo com um genérico 91-94 pts (aliás, qualquer nota dentro desse parâmetro me parece aceitável, dependendo do critério utilizado). Por ora, 91+, com potencial para bater nos 94pts. O.
Opened and decanted for about 30 minutes. Has smell of dark chocolate, mocha, and a very unique chalky, smokey smell to it. On the palate, the wine shows dark rasberries and the same mocha and chalk that I smelled. It has a nice sweetness to it and the finish is medium/long. I might have opened this bottle too soon to fully enjoy it but it's a nice wine. It doesn't strike me as an extraordinary wine but this is very nice wine. I think I'll let it decant a lil longer while I make my Asian Shortribs...
Decanted and poured. Should have decanted a while. Very young, dark inky stuff. Lots of mint and chocolate with some obvious tannins in the finish. Not touching the other 2 bottles I have for a couple years. Will keep drinking the 2000's for a while in place of this one.
Needs alot of air. Opened at 11am and served at 6pm but sips throughout the day show that this is much more approachable than the 2001. My guess is it will eventually shut down (like the 01) but for now it is very good. Day 2 - has really opened up. This is a very nice wine. 95 today.
Aerated and decanted one hour before consuming (left in the decanter as consumed over 2.5 hour period). Nice concentrated fruit and complexity. Medium to full bodied (seemed to gain weight over 2.5 hr period). Black Cherry, blackberry notes. Noticed some nice vegetal notes later on (in a good way) and faint chocolate on the nose early on (this subsided). Sweet tannins. This will improve with a couple years, but its definitely accessible now. Glad I have another bottle. Great QPR at 37.99. This was served with filet topped with panko and maytag blue, with shallot, garlic, red wine and beef broth reduction.
Drazi - I agree with your notes almost to the letter. Surprisingly good. Honestly, better than I expected by a margin. MUCH better than the 2001 - no brett or barnyard. Lacks a bit of grip and a touch of depth that it needed to get up to 96 pts IMHO, but worth every penny. WOTY??? Maybe
Decanted 2 hr’s. Good nose of dark currants with some cherry at the core and hints of tar that follow through nicely on the palate with additional notes of leather and mocha along with a persistent mineral quality and a mint flavor component. Light acidity on the consistent palate with fine, solid tannins, reasonable depth and a polished edge all leading to a lingering finish. Terrific Cabernet value that continued to open up after 2+ hr’s decant time.
Don Melchor - Vertical (La Brasserie Erik Jacquin - SP): Percebe-se que está fechado. No nariz tem ameixa, tostado, café. Na boca realmente amarrado, mas com muita concentração de fruta, boa acidez e madeira não integrada. Acredito que vai ser um vinhão pela acidez e fruta que tem. Coloração púrpura/violácea bem escura. 93+