Almost a year since last try, and this still looks like a newly-minted bottle; no bricking or any outward signs of bottle age. Dark fruits and berries, wet leather with cassis and a barely-discernable green streak. Classic Chilean Cab flavor profile: boysenberry, plum and black currrant with notes of cocoa, espresso and fig. Aging nicely, although I expected oak influence and and tannin reserve to both be a bit more subtle by now.
First one of these in almost two and a half years. Consistent with my prior note, but not as tight and restrained as last time. Still a young-looking, semi-opaque magenta in color. Offers pretty, complex aromas of crushed dark berries, cassis, earth and a hint of vanilla on the nose - along with a noticeable amount of heat. Full-bodied and very rich. Almost syrupy. Loaded with tangy boysenberry, plum and dark currant fruit, which shows excellent depth and intensity on the mid-palate. This has definitely unwound quite a bit since last time and finishes with fine length - but is still noticeably oaky and tannic. Outstanding, but still not quite the great wine I expected it to be. Will save my last remaining bottle for another few years. 50+5+12+17+8=92
I was in two mins as to whether to open this. Don Melchor is often at its best after ten years but I was intrigued by some of the relatively early drinking windows recommended for this particular vintage.
On opening I was worried by how young this looked. (No bricking at all). But on the nose, this really impressed. I've enjoyed the 2006 even though I can understand those who don't (It leans towards the monolithic and while I don't see it as a porty wine, I can see what people mean.) But the 2007 had a much more nuanced nose of olive and liquorice that just oozed the kind of complexity you'd expect from a top-notch Bordeaux blend.
I'm gonna leave my other two bottles fro a few years and maybe try and get hold of some more.
I was suprised by this outstanding wine. We had it in a warm day with a steak and it was constantley improving in the glass. Dark red in glass with cedar, wood and dark fruit to the nose Soft on palate and well balanced.
Popped and poured. On the palate, there is blueberry, dried herbs, pepper, cigar smoke, plum, currant, and cherry. Well rounded tannins with a nice finish. This didn't live up to expectation but is good nonetheless. -92 points-
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