Sunday, January 1, 2012

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2009

In the Glass: Opulent deep crimson red that coats the glass.

On the Nose:  Rich scents of mint and red currants. Benefits from decanting one hour before consumption.

On the Palate: Complex flavors of plum and blackberries with a touch of oak and vanilla at the finish that develops slowly on the palate. Medium tannins and spiciness at the back of the tongue.  Extremely well balanced wine.

Style: Big and bold

Rating: 91/100

Price Range: $16.00-19.00. Good availability at wine shops in the area. I would buy a few bottles to put away for further aging.

Comments: Terrific wine at a great price point. Much more complex and elegant than a typical merlot. From hand picked grapes from the Peumo vinyard in the Rapel Valley and aged for 18 months in french oak casks. Shows good aging potential over the next 3-5 years. I expect this wine to improve quite a bit with another 1-2 years in the bottle. Had this wine with New Year's dinner of roast duck and worked perfectly in this pairing.

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