Concha y Toro, Valle del Maipo (Central Valley, Chile) Cabernet Sauvignon “Marquis de Casa Concha” 2019

($21, Eagle Peak Estates):  Despite a similar ripe dark fruit quality and the same 14.5 percent stated alcohol as the Carménère in this line, Concha y Toro’s Marquis de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon has a very different flavor profile.  This bold Cabernet displays a lovely hint of olives, mint, and other savory notes that balance and enhance its dark berry flavors.  It’s all supported by good, but not intrusive, structure.  While you might sip the Carménère before a meal, this Cabernet is definitely one for the table, especially if you’re grilling a steak.  Its suave texture allows you to enjoy it this summer.  Plus, it delivers more than you’d expect for the price.
92 Michael Apstein Jun 21, 2022