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Jelu Torrontés Valle de Zonda 2007
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dark deep black currants, varying dark fruit, intense flavors, a tinge of jamminess, awesome length on the palate, yum!
- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
Carmenere, not Merlot, and it was very good. Kept us warm on a cold rainy March afternoon.
Nice dark color. Nose with hints of cherry, blackberry, mocha. Nice round mouthfeel, short on midpalate and a little hot, but nice vanilla oak finish. 88pts.
better after letting open a few hours
Pepper, plums, and an herbal aroma on the nose. Opened with sweet blackberry and currant notes, which faded into deep coffee, tobacco, and oak undertones. Not overly complex, but has some nice qualities.
a pretty good merlot, definitely need to let it breath a bit though.
External Reviews for Jelu Torrontés Valle de Zonda
The 280-acre Puente Alta vineyard in the Maipo Valley is the source for the Don Melchor, long one of Chilersquo;s benchmark reds, made by Chilean wine giant Concha y Toro. At the foot of the Andes, this area benefited from nearly ideal growing conditions in 2001. Winemaker Enrique Tirado mixed 9 percent Cabernet Franc to add flesh and aged the wine for 15 months in French oak barrels, 75 percent of them new. Puente Altarsquo;s poor, alluvial terroir is well-suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and lends this wine its loamy character.
Reflecting the warm vintage, this is a ripe version of Don Melchor. Dark cherry and cinnamon dominate the aromas, while its soft, round texture delivers chocolate flavor with hints of mint and black pepper. Decant it for roast lamb.
Earthy and real, with strong hints of menthol, forest floor, cassis and other concentrated berry notes. Ripe on the palate, with a bit of berry candy balanced by cola, toast and vanilla. Solid by any first-class standards, with firm tannins and acids providing structure.
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon has a spicy perfume of toasty oak, black currants, and blackberry liqueur. It has lots of extraction in its layered, structured personality and should evolve for another 6ndash;8 years.
Deep, a bit reduced on the nose, and full as can be, with blackberry, cassis and prune aromas. The palate is super rich and concentrated, and frankly a bit heady. Flavors of burnt brown sugar, toast, tobacco, pepper and baked berry fruits are delicious, and the finish is dense and long. Drinkable now but best in another two to four years. This marks the 20th anniversary of Concha y Toroandrsquo;s Don Melchor Cabernet.
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is opaque purple-colored with aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by an opulent, very intense, complex Cabernet with gobs of savory fruit, exceptional depth, and enough structure to evolve for 6ndash;8 years. This lengthy, classy effort will be at its best from 2015 to 2035.
Inky ruby. Expansive, intensely perfumed bouquet of dark berries, cherry pit, candied licorice and sexy oak spices. Broad, gently chewy cassis and bitter cherry flavors reach every nook and cranny of the palate, picking up an exotic violet pastille quality on the back end. Gains power on the finish, which features strong anise, tobacco and lead pencil qualities. Serious and in need of cellaring.
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