This premium Chilean is an opaque garnet hue with a mature looking rim. Chocolate emerges on opening even as I am pouring my first taste. There are loads of pure fruit.
In the mouth this wine is fully mature, integrated with lovely texture yet a tad thin but this is right on opening--the finish lingers.
After breathing the wine for several hours waiting for (NW) to arrive, the bouquet opens up to a complex world of chocolate, leather, wood, light cedar, cigar box; a premium bouquet to be sure.
Raspberry and delicious dark fruit all over with smoke on the rear palate and some charcoal. I swear the color changed from a mature looking hue to a younger red with a touch of purple still. weird--and wonderful.
Now the story behind this wine:
Three or four years ago (NW) and I were together for Thanksgiving at his digs in Jacksonville. He opened a 2000 Don Melchor among an array of other wines we had that glorious holiday weekend. (17 different wines we had that weekend I believe)
The wine was so unique it was hard to figure out; It was so huge and so "out there" that you couldn't really figure out what to serve it with and what it was all about. We attributed all of this to it's immaturity.
Now after cellaring this wine for several years, it is a totally different wine as described above. I made a turkey dinner with all the trimmings just like at Thanksgiving and it was an excellent pairing. I paid $35 for this wine about 5 years ago and the patient waiting paid off.
Raise a glass to Good Cab and Turkey!