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Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto 2009
This was a classic, nearly-textbook growing season of warm, sunny days and cool, foggy nights punctuated by a couple of brief heat blasts - the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hangtime and ideal balance of sugar and acid. It was remarkably smooth sailing as we harvested the To Kalon Vineyard for the Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon from September 29 through October 10, just before a rare tropical storm blew in on October 13. The most common themes for the vintage were low yields of small, flavorful berries and excellent flavor maturity at favorable, relatively-low sugar levels.
Editorial Reviews for Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto
Clean, clear and well made, this wine is a classic expression of Chardonnay. Peach, apricot and cream aromas are medium in their intensity. The palate opens up bold and inviting, with powerful white grape and peach flavors, a good dose of fresh acidity to drive the palate, and a finish of bold fruit and creamy oak.
Rather perfumy on the nose with creamy raw almond undertones to the slightly spicy pineapple and pear fruit on the nose. This turns even more floral with air. Crisp on entry with nice bright acids driving an apple laden midpalate that picks up some creme brulee and key lime pie flavors on the backend. Just a slightly creamy edge adds textural detail to the fairly bright midpalate. the flavors are a bit simple and lack the brightness of the texture, but this is so easy to drink, finishing with a lightly veneer of oak spice and vanilla. Has a certain elegance to it but is simple. 87pts
Ripe and jammy on the nose with a nice base of well judged mocha, vanilla oak and a dusting of clove over soft, slightly minty black currant fruit. This is rather bright on entry with rich ripe prune and blackberry flavors supported by vibrant acidity, almost too vibrant in that it lends a citrus cast to the palate., though it does make this easy to drink. The ripeness eventually breaks through the acid barrier and the wood adds its weight on the backend before this fades on a modest, slightly dry and woody finish. Still it easy to drink and the freshness combined with the powerful fruit makes for an attractive package, though it tastes a bit like black currant jam on toast with cinnamon sugar. 89pts
This is quite oaky on the nose with tea, black spice and sweet vanilla aromas over some soft prune fruit. Rather large-scaled in the mouth with a soft, rich and creamy texture and some obvious alcohol on the palate. The mid-palate shows a lot of wood tannins. Creamy caramel and dried ginger accents to the cranberry and red cherry fruit pick up some mint on the modest, drying finish. 84pts
Young notes on the nose recall coffee cream with a buttery edge over jammy red fruits with hints of herb, leather and a touch of medicinal, cola syrup. On the palater this is balanced with prominent acidity and emerging floral inner mouth perfume. It’s a bit tight on the mid-palate with good extract and a chewy feel, yet this is not particularly rich feeling. There’s a bit of vanilla that peaks out on the moderate finish, which is balanced by notes of chocolate, tobacco and cassis fruit. This may very well improve with age as almost every Mondavi Reserve has, but I have some doubts about where this is headed. 88pts
From 6 liter This starts out a bit shallow on the nose with significant notes of herbs and tea dominating the aromatics. The fruit is there, rather compact, dark and not particularly distinctive. On the palate this offers an attractive blend of toast, gravel dust, light smoke and tomato leaf tones that add complexity to the fruit. It’s a touch lean, but is almost silky with an elegant, refined feel and a nice, crisp finish. 88pts
Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.From 6 liter This is quite obviously old with notes of carrots and parsnips on the nose that slowly fade into the background, adding a dusty vegetal character to the emergent black currant fruit. On the palate this is fully resolved with a silky feel and complex, layered flavors of sweet fruit, cedar, cigarbox tones and hints of freshly cut grass and roasted coffee beans on the long finish. There is no doubt that this is past prime, even in this large format, but the wine still is captivating, with excellent balance. 90pts
Not a fruit-forward wine by any means. LOTS of tannin. Not necessarily a bad thing, but let that be a warning to tannophobes. The flavor profile points me to tobacco, dark chocolate, mocha. Not the kind of wine you want to sip—more the kind of wine that you want to accompany food. It is very full-bodied. So, it will with a robust meal—a beef or game roast or a stew. Also, since it does not have a lot of fruit, it will not compete with the preparation of your meal.
Purpulish hued and light just barely goes through this one....slightly boozy in the nostrils and fruit forward for a Cab. The taste follows closely and the finish is slightly buttery, yet clean with many berries....a decent Cab for the price!
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Marques Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto
Soft California Merlot. Our Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot is made with grapes predominantly from California's Monterey County appellation. There, the vineyards enjoy a nightly blanket of cool Pacific Ocean fog, excellent soils and a long growing season. This ideal combination brings vibrant flavors and silky tannins to our Merlot including luscious layers of berry, plum and spice with light oak nuances from barrel-aging. The most recent available vintage will be sent, it may vary from the vintage indicated above.
The name Robert Mondavi is practically synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon, ever since he pioneered the making of varietal wines in Napa Valley back in the late 1960's. This latest example from the stupendous 2013 vintage, shows the outstandingly consistent quality they've maintained over the decades. 26% of the fruit for this wine is from the To Kalon Vineyard. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged 17 months in French oak barrels. Antonio Galloni said “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is an attractive, open-knit wine that will drink well relatively early for the year. Dark red cherry, cloves, mint, new leather and cedar are all quite expressive. Succulent and forward, Mondavi's Cabernet Sauvignon is also one of the more approachable wines of the vintage and is a solid value within the high-flying world of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 was done with 36% estate fruit."
Flavor descriptors: Everything we love about Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon is here: a rich texture with silky tannins and balancing freshness; deep aromas and flavors of blackberries and dark plums, dried herbs and violets with a subtle hint of leather; and a luxuriously long finish that allows these complex flavors to linger on and on. Vintage: Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. Vineyards: Fruit for our Napa Valley Cabernet includes two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations. Twenty-six percent is from our historic To Kalon vineyard in Oakville located on the well-drained alluvial bench surrounding the winery. An additional 10% comes from our Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap district. The varying mesoclimates and soils of these two vineyards elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and are combined with fruit from a number of the area’s finest vineyards for the perfect expression of the region. Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently de-stemmed directly into traditional oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration-a total of 22 days of wine to skin contact--maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into French oak barrels (17% new) for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 17 months of barrel aging, and bottled in June of 2015. Varietal composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc Total acid: 6.2 g/L Final pH: 3.77 Residual sugar: 0.76 g/L Alcohol: 15% by volume
Pure and direct, with ripe pear, green apple, light cedar and vanilla-scented oak, followed by a clean, refreshing finish. Drink now through 2019. 48,438 cases made.
Flavor descriptors: A classic Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, our 2012 has aromas of blackberries, dried herbs and dried floral which follow to the palate on a rich wave of concentrated flavor. There is the textural sensation of dark chocolate on the deliciously long, lingering finish. Varietal composition: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc 4% Merlot 1% Petit Verdot 1% Malbec Vintage: Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, the 2012 vintage was “a walk in the park”, says Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby. A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March which saturated the soils and helped fill the reservoirs. The region’s combination of warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. We finished harvesting our selected Napa Valley grapes for this wine on November 3rd. Vineyards: The fruit for our Napa Valley Cabernet comes from two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations. Thirty percent is from our historic To Kalon vineyard in Oakville located on the well-drained alluvial bench surrounding the winery. An additional 14% comes from our Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap district. The varying mesoclimates and soils of these two vineyards elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently de-stemmed directly into traditional oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration-a total of 26 days of wine to skin contact, maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 15% new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 16 months of barrel aging, and bottled in June of 2014. Total acid: 6.2 g/L Final pH: 3.68 Residual sugar: 0.71 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
This Cabernet Sauvignon brims with blackberries, plums and spices, with soft oak nuances from barrel aging.
An intriguingly deep color leads to highly fragrant aromas and fleshy dark fruits, sage, bay leaf, and a gentle touch of black pepper spice on the palate with a savory finish that all work seamlessly together. This is exactly what we love about Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon: its dense, rich mouth feel, complexity and long finish.
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