Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: Around $19

Color: Deep red-violet

Nose: Berries, black cherries, oak, and vanilla

Taste: Full bodied.  Dry with good tannin structure.  Notes of tobacco.  Lots of wood.  Good dark fruit taste.

Summary: I’m going out on a limb here, but I think that the Marques de Casa Concha is a tad overpriced.  It can usually be found for between $18-$22 throughout the US.  And its a fine wine, a damned good wine.  But I think a more accurate price point would be around $14-$15.

This wine is consistent in its delivery of a good cabernet experience, but I really think Concha Y Toro is benefiting from good marketing strategies that have allowed it to command a premium over other Chilean brands. At $20 Marques does begin to find competition among a few California brands.  At $14-$15 I can find several other comparable Chilean Cabernets.

What I’m trying to get at, is that at the current price point, this wine begins to step away from the value/price ratio that has come to be a trademark of Chilean wines.  And yes, it’s a good thing that worldwide consumers recognize that Chile can produce “fine” wines.  But…I like to call a spade a spade.

Getting off the soap box… a good Chilean cabernet like this one is easy to pair with meat dishes but I enjoyed with some very tasty cheese empanadas and home made salsa.  What will you drink it with?

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