Concha y Toro Tasting

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Newsletters, Wine Blog | 0 comments

The Wines of Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro is one of the most successful multitier wineries. They produce wines in many styles and price ranges from the value priced wines like Casillero del Diablo to spectacular award winning beauties like Don Melchor. What differentiates Concha y Toro from other large wineries is their ability to put out high quality wines at every price level. Casillero is a frequent “best buy” at around $10/bottle. Gran Reserva (aka Serie Ribera) is a new designation so-named for the vineyards’ proximity to the microclimates created by rivers. Marques de Casa Concha wines are fantastic values for vineyard specific wines. They are especially notable considering their critical success. Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon has been rated over 90 points by Wine Spectator in 8 of the last 10 years (the other two were rated 89 points). Terrunyo also features not only vineyard designated wines but specific blocks within the vineyard. This designation also includes the first ultra-premium Chilean Carmenere. Don Melchor has been one of our favorite ultra-premium wines. Over the past decade it has averaged 94 points in Wine Spectator and has been on Spectator’s top 100 Wines four times. As an added bonus we will be tasting the 2005 Carmin de Peumo Carmenere (Wine Spectator 94 points). The quality of this wine is not to be believed. This is a don’t miss event!

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Casillero del Diablo

Casillero del Diablo offers wine lovers the very special opportunity to participate in the propagation of a century old legend known throughout the world. In the 19th century, the founder of Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his greatest wines. To discourage this action, Don Melchor spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), so that no one would dare go in there. It worked, and a legend was born. Today, this mysterious and legendary cellar continues to hold the finest, estate grown wines of Casillero del Diablo.

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere

 Gran Reserva

The “Serie Riberas” is a relatively new group of wines for Concha y Toro. Since Concha y Toro is far and away the largest vineyard owner in Chile, they were looking for some way to highlight their vines that are located on or in close proximity to one of the many rivers of Chile. They knew that rivers create a special microclimate that keeps the temperatures cooler and makes the growing season longer.

Sauvignon Blanc
This wine comes from Ucúquer Vineyard on the south bank of the Rapel River and is also influenced by the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the vineyard.

Cabernet Sauvignon
These wines come from Palo Santo vineyard on the south bank of the Tinguiririca River in central Chile.

Peumo vineyard is the source of the Carmenere. It is located on the north bank of the Cachapoal River in central Chile.

These wines come from Palo Santo vineyard on the south bank of the Tinguiririca River in central Chile.

Marques de Casa Concha

In 1883, Don Melchor Concha y Toro, a distinguished Chilean lawyer, entrepreneur and politician, decided to exploit the winemaking potential of the Maipo Valley just as the industry in Chile became fashionable. Don Melchor Concha y Toro brought in French vine stock from Bordeaux and contracted eminent French oenologist, Monsieur de Labouchere, to prepare his first wines. Viña Concha y Toro rose from this entrepreneurial action at a time of keen interest in national wine production. While they own vineyards all over Chile, Concha y Toro receives visitors at its cellars in Pirque, about 45 minutes from Santiago. The title “Marques de Casa Concha” was bestowed upon Don Melchor by the Spanish monarchy. Its classical style expresses the character, nobility and concentration of the grapes which have had a long history in Chile. Prize-winners year after year, it has been ranked three times in the prestigious ranking of the Top 100 Wines of the Year, by Wine Spectator.

The Casa Concha Chardonnay is sourced from the Limari Valley in Northern Chile. The topsoil of the region is shallow, but rich with clay. The sub-soil contains a healthy amount of calcium carbonate adding acidity, freshness and minerality. While located in the north (closer to the equator), Limari Valley is quite cool due to its proximity (15 miles) to the Pacific Ocean. This makes it a perfect place to grow Chardonnay.

Cabernet Sauvignon
The stony soils of the Puente Alto Vineyard is the source of Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon. The poor quality soil leads to vines with sparse clusters of growth of very concentrated flavors. Influenced by the Andes, this is the coolest part of the Maipo Valley. The larges swings in temperature from day to night prolong grape ripening, concentrating the fruit and intensifying aromas.

The Syrah is also sourced from the stony soils of the Maipo Valley. Quinta de Maipo Vineyard, on the terrace of the Maipo River has similar soil and climate conditions to the Cabernet Sauvignon.


While the Casa Concha wines come from the fruit of a single vineyard, Terrunyo comes from a particular block of a single vineyard deemed to produce the finest fruit.

Peumo Vineyard in Cachapoal Valley has deep clay loamy soil. The clay retains the water and slowly releases it as the vines require it. While the region has a Mediterranean climate with high humidity, its proximity to the Cachapoal River gives a cooling effect in the evening. The alternating daytime heating and nighttime cooling give the vine a stepped ripening process which lends itself to complex flavors.

Don Melchor

In 1986 Viña Concha y Toro decided to produce a world-class wine that could compete with ultra-premium wines worldwide and help position Chile as a producer of high-quality wines. The objective was not only to produce the finest red wine possible from Chile, but also to create a “terroir” wine of world repute. Concha y Toro named the resulting Cabernet Sauvignon after Company founder Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, crafting its first vintage in 1987. The wine was an immediate success from its beginning and is recognized as the ‘Best Red Wine from Chile’ by both Wine Spectator and by Robert Parker.

Don Melchor is a hearty assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignons originating from distinct, yet contiguous sub-divided blocks of Puente Alto Vineyard. Some years, small quantities from the 7 hectares of Cabernet Franc are added.
Over the years, slight differences have been noted in six sections of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Each contributes something special to the final blend.
Nevertheless, every vine still delivers the distinctive style of this “contemporary classic”.
At Puente Alto, in summer, warm days give way to cold nights. Refreshing mountain air channeled down the Maipo canyon cools the vineyard more than elsewhere in the Maipo Valley. It is the sharp day-night temperature differences that assist tannin ripening and the development of aromas as well as fixing exceptionally high quantities of polyphenol compounds in the grapes.

Carmin de Peumo

The Peumo Vineyard in Cachapoal Valley, which is the source of the Carmenere for Terrunyo, is also the vineyard site for Carmin de Puemo, this ultra premium Carmenere. 91% of the wine is from Carmenere and the remaining 10 percent corresponds to Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon from Pirque Viejo and Puente Alto. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Oak casks


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