Bought in 2011 at Concha y Toro store at Santiago - USD 100 more expensive than in USA - opening was a surprise well conserved cork - but than on side read " re-encorchado oct 2001" -- wine was corched again on 2001 ...explain that "new" cork, but should be informed also on bottle -- - 1988 was a rainy season and that worries me for the wine, but it was good not that much fruit on opening, but nice Tannins and good smoky taste, kept growing on decanter and last glass was defenelly the best.
Crock was slightly depressed. Sowing signs of light seepage. The nose had a medicinal eucalyptus minty thing going on. Tasted like balsamic vinegar. Had to dispose of the wine... Don Melchor is a great wine, but I don't think it's meant to age more than 10-15 years....
I opened this and brought it to Gibby's so the shop's proprietor and thelostverse could both taste this wine. I decanted it only for sediment. Another well-stored bottle in its original tissue, the cork came out in one piece, and wine had soaked only .25" up. Still rather youthful in appearance, this is mostly garnet in color, with some bricking toward the rim. The nose is earthy, with mint, eaucalyptus and old red fruit notes. The palate is a bit tired, but has enough red fruit left to make it enjoyable. Proof positive that well-made Chilean Cabernet can age well when properly stored.
Allred brought a bottle of this to Haggis' party on Saturday. By far the oldest Melchor I have had. The others have been the 1999-2001 vintages. I was surprised at how well this wine was showing after 18 years. The best part of this wine was its bouquet which showed promise of being a 90+ point wine. However, there was a little mustiness on the palate mixed in with the plum and berry notes. Soft tannins which were still making their presence known. 87-89 points.
Taken to Happy Day at the Haggis'. This bottle was in pristine condition, with a base neck fill and a cork soaked only about a third of the way up if I recall correctly...and it was still wrapped in its original tissue. Decanted only for sediment and poured back into the bottle, which was kept corked as much as possible. Has held up surprisingly well, with notes of mint, leather and eucalyptus. Medium body, with mint, spice and chewy red fruit flavors. In my opinion a bargain at the $15 I paid for it a few months back. 88-90.
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