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2002 Concha y Toro Don Melchor 750ml

2002 Concha y Toro Don Melchor

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VARIETY: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc.
VINEYARD: Don Melchor Vineyard, D.O. Puente Alto, Alto Maipo Valley.
HARVEST: Manual in March and April.
SOIL: Aluvial.
CLIMATE: Semi-Arid Mediterranean.
BARREL: 14 months in French oak barrels. (68 % new, 32 % second use)
COLOR: Intense ruby-red.
AROMA: Superlative expression of black fruits, plum, chocolate, blackcurrant and coffee notes, all of which add complexity to the wine.
PALATE: Well structured; shows great balance in mouth, with smooth, ripe tannins playing a big part in the wine’s fine and persistent end.


Producer: Concha y Toro
Website: www.conchaytoro.com

Price: $124.99
Sale Price: $99.99

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Available Vintages:
1993(750ml)  1994(750ml)  1995(750ml)  1996(750ml)  2002(750ml)

Varietal: Blend

Country: Chile
After returning to a democracy and free market economy in the 1980s, it was, as if out of nowhere that Chile re-entered the international wine scene. Its geography protects the viticultural industry with 3,000 miles of coastline to the west, the Andes mountains to the east, the Atacama desert to the north, and the Antarctic to the south. Free from most pests, including Phylloxera (which has ravaged vines throughout the world), most producers have no need to spray any pesticides, making it quite easy to farm organically. A significant amount of production is located within the central valley, which stretches from the Maipo valley, the closest wine region to Santiago, south 155 miles to the Maule Valley. The most popular wines are those made from Cabernet Sauvignon, which prospers in the Mediterranean and accounts for over 50% of the countries dark skinned varietals. Carmenere has now been firmly marketed as the countries signature grape. While its plantings are increasing rapidly, it currently accounts for just under 9000 hectares or 12% of all red grapes. Areas showing potential for growth and diversity are Elqui and Limari to the far north and the two coastal regions of Casablanca and San Antonio, all of which are carving out their niche for cool climate varieties including Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

Region: Maipo Valley


Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.