Deep and serious with black olives, blackberries, blueberries, tobacco leaf, sweet red capsicum, ash, dried meat and a hint of black chocolate. This is a more direct, full-bodied Don Melchor, filled with solid blackberries and wrapped by tight, fine-grained tannins. Long and deep. 92% cabernet sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc, 1% merlot and 1% petit verdot. Better after 2024.
97 Pts James Suckling
The 2020 season was warm throughout Chile's Central Valley. According to Don Melchor's records, the average temperature between January and April was 19.5º, a full 1.5º higher than the historic average, and that's perceived in this cabernet-based red from vineyards planted in the 1970s on the northern bank of the Maipo River in Puente Alto, a classic place for Chilean wine, at the foot of the Andes in Alto Maipo. The fruit is black and generously ripe, the herbal notes are subjugated by this onslaught of sweetness, and the tannins are as creamy and elegant as ever, lending a very pleasingly fat sensation. A Don Melchor to keep for about five years to allow it to gain complexity. This year, the blend is 92% cabernet sauvignon and 6% cabernet franc finished with merlot and petit verdot in similar percentages. While the 2019 vintage is perceived as full of structure, austere, and firm, this new vintage is full of exuberance and generous fruits.
96 Pts Patricio Tapia, Descorchados
Inviting aromas of chocolate-covered cherry, dried rose petal and petrichor set the stage for this well-structured red, which balances concentrated berry and mission fig flavors against vibrant acidity, lending a lush, mouthwatering quality to a finish that swirls with cassis, spices and fine tannins. Drink now.
95 Pts Wine Spectator