2013 Concha y Toro Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1318283 91 points James Suckling

 This is a Cabernet that shows a complex character of ripe fruit and freshness with very vertical and fine tannins. It's partially aged in large casks. Gives you the generous fruit as always, but gives you more definition.  (7/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I tasted four Cabernets with winemaker Marcelo Papa, starting with the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa Concha Puente Alto Vineyard from the classic Cabernet zone of Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley. In reality, it's a blend with 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah and 1% Petit Verdot. The vines grow on stony soils and produce classical reds of intense fruit and good structure. The wine fermented in stainless steel tanks with remontage during six to eight days and had a post fermentative maceration of eight to 12 additional days. It aged in 20% new barriques, 60% used barriques and 20% botti from Piemonte. This has a classical nose with the extra dimension and freshness of an earlier harvest and less oak (after an experimental Limited Edition in 2010). There are notes of tobacco, blackberries and graphite but also red cherries and some aromatic herbs that provide freshness. The palate shows even more changes with good grip and tension, with polished texture perhaps not as velvety as in the past, but with a little more tension and very good freshness; the wine is dry, showing the variety and origin, and quite naked -- something winemaker Marcelo Papa attributes to the use of the botti. Great value and typicity. (LG)  (12/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby, with a bright rim. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas along with suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering sappy blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with aeration. Closes spicy and long, with a lingering licorice quality and even tannins that come on late. (JR)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Marqués de Casa Concha is one of Concha y Toro's best value brands, perhaps the wine that seems to be getting the most focus from head winemaker Marcelo Papa and his team. Featuring prized fruit from the high elevation Puente Alto vineyard (the same vineyard whose grapes are featured in Chile's original luxury bottling of Cabernet, Don Melchor). This is definitely one of our not to be missed values in Cabernet this year.

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Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2017 | Send Email
The nose has coffee mixed with spices and fruit. Bright acidity with a beautiful and elegant finish of blackberries and spices. This is a complex wine that would go very well with a hearty meal. With all of those traits, this cab comes at a great the price!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
This is a great example of high elevation Cabernet done in such a way that it feels like there is a minimum of winemakers input. Dark rich flavors with just a hint of oak aromas, stony mineral notes, and solid but fine tannins. Stock up on this, it is one of the best deals on Cab in the store.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
Sourced from some of Concha y Toro's top quality Puente Alto Cabernet vines, same as is the case for their iconic and long lived Don Melchor (SRP $99.99), this is solid Cabernet at $20 - certainly respectable compared to some of the better examples out there from anywhere in the world. At under $12 and nearly 50% off, however, this is a must have Cab. Please do not confuse this with Concha y Toro's cheaper bottlings and brands, as this wine is much more serious in execution (think used barrels and even a portion of large format botti imported from the Piemonte!) as well as in profile. Aromas of darker fruits, cedar, freshly ground black peppercorns and licorice lead to a juicy palate of ripe red and dark fruits, with elegant, long tannins which make this taste much more expensive than most any $12 red wine you will drink this year (remember this is conceived to be a $20 bottle). A great deal for anyone who wants to have great value Cabernet around the house.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.