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?