Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000
Don Melchor has been called the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile by both the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. Named after the founder of the winery, Don Melchor of Concha y Toro, the wine has become a symbol of the best the land and the winemaker's hand can produce in Chile. Last night we went out for a romantic Valentines dinner at the Yarrow Bay Grill in Kirkland. We brought along a bottle of the 2000 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon. We had cellared this Chilean Cabernet for the past 5 years and it was time to find out what was in the bottle. This was one of the best wines we have enjoyed over the past few years. The color is a dark violet red with black hues. This wine has a flamboyant, exotic bouquet of red and black fruits intermixed with black olives, chocolate, espresso and a hint of toasty oak. This is a full bodied wine that delivers a broad mouthful of dark berries, licorice, chocolate covered cherries, prunes along with some tobacco and spice. There is impressive concentration along with abundant mature tannins that contribute to this wines opulence and long, chewy finish. This Chilean Cabernet was the perfect companion to the Beef Tenderloin and Duck “Two Ways” entrées that we enjoyed for dinner.