Concha y Toro make a wide variety of wines, from casual everyday drinkers to more serious celebratory bottles. One of my favorites for its high quality to price ratio is the Gran Reserva Serie Riberas line. This is a special selection selection of Gran Reserva wines coming from vineyards located close to different river basins. This translates into unique, distinctive fresher wines. The line comprises five red varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec) and two whites (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). We recently tasted through some of the newer bottlings.
Malbec 2013: Ribera del Tinguiririca; pre-phylloxera grapevines from the Ucúquer Vineyard in Colchagua; aged 10 months in French foudres; deep ruby color; blueberry, violet and tart cherry aromas; dark fruit, toast, tart cherry, and subtle herbal flavors; lots of acid and a tannic finish; cork closure; SRP $17.
Sauvignon Blanc 2014: Ribera del Rapel; hand picked from the Peumo Vineyard in Peumo; aged 3 months in stainless steel; light, very clear yellow color; white floral, chalk, and citrus aromas; melon, pear, and tropical fruit flavors into a citrusy finish; acidic backbone moves into a lingering finish; twist off closure; SRP $17.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: Ribera del Tinguiririca; hand picked from the Palo Santo Vineyard in Marchigüe; aged 13 months in French and American, medium toast oak barrels; dark and opaque; dark fruit, earth and subtle raspberry aromas; mushroom, pomegranate, dark cherry, plum, and herbal flavors; touch of acid balances the fruit; cork closure; SRP $17.As always, pleasure to drink - food friendly, well-priced, and readily available.
Wine provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.
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