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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot

2010 Dark and deep red. Rich and deftly balanced yet muscular red, layers of complex currant, spice, wild berry and plum. Shows off a nice touch of vanilla oak and mocha, adding a nice dimension.
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$36.00 / Bottle   $432.00 / Case
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One of the biggest advantages New World wine producers have over most Old World producers is the freedom to create any kind of wine they want. Free of the often restrictive tradition-bound rules, New World winemakers can mix and match, creating blends that you would not usually see in France or Italy.

Marques de Casa Concha are all Concha y Toro classics, wines proudly bearing the title bestowed upon the vineyard's founders by the Spanish monarchy. Due to their exceptional quality, distinct personalities and extraordinary ability to display the individual virtues of each Chilean valley from which they originate, Marques de Casa Concha offerings rank among the nobility of the world's finest wines. These single vinyard wines reflect the great progress in Chilean grape growing and wine making.

Concha y Toro was founded in 1883 by Don Melchor de Concha y Toro. He brought to Chile the best grape varieties of the Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, and Carménère.

Today, Concha y Toro wines are all made from the estate’s own 11,200 acres of vineyards spread throughout Chile's major wine regions—Maipo, Maule, Rapel, Colchagua, Curico, and Casablanca. Each vineyard has its unique micro-climate which is carefully suited to the different grape varietals to extract the best of each terroir.

The vines making this wine are grown in riverbed associated soils, deep alluvial clayloam. Clay provides water retention, which contributes to good grape ripening. It goes a long way towards controlling plant growth. Climate is sub humid Mediterranean. Hot days give way to temperate nights. The nearby Cachapoal River abates summer temperatures by night, a trend that helps in the development of this variety's softer tannins. Grapes were hand picked in April. This wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels (36% in new and 64% 2nd or 3rd use).