HBO Co-President of Drama David Levine & Chilean Cabernet
2011 Concha Y Toro Don Melchor ($100)
With 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and some drops of Cabernet Franc, this comes from the tradtional Tocornal Vineyard, planted in the mid-1970s. A cold vintage reveals its herbal, spicy, flavors, but above all a crunchy, vivacious acidity and pungent tannins that need time in a bottle. A brilliant version of a classic.
Deep ruby red color. The nose presents aromas of black cherries and black currants combined with licorice, pink peppercorns, paprika and bay leaf. Good volume and structure in the mouth. A wine with great personality, and mellow, well-integrated tannins.
2014 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley ($9)
2011 Monte Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley ($29)
A ruby red, deep-colored wine. On the nose its an elegant, complex and intense wine with violets and red fruits evocations of blackberry, chocolate, black pepper and cigar box aromas while its affinity with oak lends vanilla and coffee notes, producing a wine in perfect balance of real finesse and class, a really outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon.