Concha Y Toro Marquis Casa Concha Merlot
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”…………….. Galileo Gallilei
It’s almost May and where I am it is colder now than it was in March; not the time for light wines outdoors. In this weather, the mood turns to full bodied reds. Having enjoyed Concha y Toro before, I knew it would stand up to the cold weather and warm the chill I was experiencing. I opened a 2006 Merlot. This is a merlot that looks more like a “cab” in the glass: deep and dark ruby and it has the body to match. The nose offers chocolate, raisin and brandied apricot. Chocolate is evident in the wine’s taste also. But don’t think “sweet.” This is a full bodied, dry red wine. The back finish presents mashed plum and cherry with a spicy black pepper finish. This is a merlot that acts more like a “cab” except for its silky texture.
I realize I’m talking about a 2006 and it is 2012. And, as I’ve said before, if you have a room in your basement that can be closed off and kept dark with evenly cool temperatures year round, what you have is a wine cellar at the ready. My experience with Concha Y Toro is that the wine has enough tannin to allow it to be cellared. In fact, that’s just one of many things I like about Concha Y Toro. As Wine Spectator said, its “structure and texture are just right.” The tannins are just right. The acid-fruit balance is just right. And so is the price. Concha Y Toro is widely available today at just under $20. Both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast awarded the 2006 90 points. And the Mizer gives it his recommendation.