Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2016
|Region||Chile, Maule Valley|
|Brand||Concha y Toro|
The minty 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Merlot was produced with grapes from San Clemente in Maule and contains 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah from vines planted between 1999 and 2005. Half of the volume matured in 5,000-liter botti, while the rest was kept in barriques for some 18 months. It's round, with good ripeness and a soft texture-quite remarkable, as Merlot is not easy in Chile, but it seems like the Maule keeps better freshness than in the central valley where the vines get stressed and the tannins don't ripen properly. This has good length. Quite impressive.
Notes of graphite and dried green herbs accent the the red berry and plum flavors. Lively acidity shows on the finish. Drink now.
Generic black fruit aromas are earthy and oaky. A crisp, smacking palate is short on body and stuffing, while this tastes tart and snappy, with tomato and herbal red plum flavors. A short, scouring finish is indicative of moderately ripe Merlot.