With top Napa Cab mostly out of reach, particularly for Canadians buying with our weakened dollar, top South American wines are increasingly attractive. In particular, the consistently excellent Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon blend has been offering superior quality at 50% of the price of top California Cab blends for many years.
2012 was a warm vintage in Puente Alto, but winemaker Enrique Tirado here perfected the pleasures of a warm vintage while sustaining sufficient tannin structure to present a balanced, extremely delicious wine that avoids flab. Expect lots of chocolate (but not mocha), plums, christmas cake, and joy. It was ideal on one of Vancouver’s record-breaking freezing winter nights.
Don Melchor is a special terroir in Chile, located at the foot of the Andes and 650m above sea level. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot vines are 30+ years old. Soils are a mix of gravels, sand, lime and clay. The terroir is known for the quality of its tannins, and I can attest the 2012 is a wonderful example of that refinement.
Excellent to Excellent+
$86 + tax at BCLDB