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Marqués de Casa Concha Carménère

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 97843

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, April 24, 2023
Spicy nose with plenty of cumin and fennel. A mixture of red and black fruit with dark olives. Juicy and flavorful with a medium-bodied palate and long, silky tannins. Drink now. (Zekun Shuai)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2023
The 2021 Carménère Marques de Casa Concha includes 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.5% Merlot from Peumo, Cachapoal. It was aged for 12 months, mainly in French oak barrels and 4% in foudres. Bright purple in the glass. The spicy nose offers plum and blueberry notes with hints of bay leaf and ash over a faint bed of jalapeño and oak. Indulgent, juicy and broad with mild freshness, the finish delivers ash and jalapeño flavors. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th Apr 2023
The 2021 Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere contains 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.5% Merlot and was sourced from the classical zone for the grapes—Peumo in Cachapoal. They picked the grapes on normal dates (20th of May). It fermented in stainless steel with selected yeasts and matured in French oak barrels, 29% of them new, although 4% of the volume was in 5,000-liter Italian foudres for 12 months. It has 14% alcohol and kept a moderate pH of 3.6. The élevage was shorter and they reduced the new oak. The characteristic of this range is that the wines are textbook examples of the varieties and places and are quite homogeneous from vintage to vintage, here showing the freshness of the vintage, which is more delicate and with good tension. 240,000 bottles produced. It was bottled between June 2022 and February 2023. (Luis Gutiérrez)

Chile | Valle Central | Peumo Valley

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JS9999 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, February 3, 2022
The violet, blackberry and black-olive aromas are abundant. Full-bodied and superb, with great character and powerful tannins. It’s a block of tannins with wonderful fruit. Only about 500 cases made. Unique merlot. Give it time to come together. Best after 2024.
RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jan 2021
Composed of 84.5% Merlot and 15.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 W.S. Keyes Merlot was aged for 22 months in oak, 79% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with intoxicating scents of black cherry compote, plum preserves, baked raspberries and spice cake with hints of potpourri, star anise and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the taut, crunchy black and blue fruit layers are supported by tightly knit, very fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. The super ripe tannins and showy fruit mean it is approachable now, but I’d leave it a couple of years for the flavors to start to fan out. It should easily cellar for 20–25+ years. 476 cases were made. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
JD9797 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
Coming from a single vineyard on Howell Mountain, the 2018 Merlot W.S. Keyes is a blockbuster effort that offers an awesome bouquet of blackcurrants, mulled black cherries, tobacco, graphite, scorched earth, blood orange, and violets. One of the finest examples of the variety in the vintage, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered mid-palate, silky tannins, and a great finish. Reminding me of a great Pomerol with its incredible elegance paired with a building sense of power and depth, this is going to benefit from 5–7 years of bottle age (I’d happily drink a bottle today) and cruise in cold cellars for 20–25 years or more. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
The 2018 W.S. Keyes Merlot is going to need a number of years to be at its best. A rush of dark red cherry fruit, cedar, spice, mint, leather, licorice, mocha, new French oak, iron and dried herbs all race out of the glass. Readers will have to be patient with the 2018, as it is still coming together in bottle. The Keyes Merlot is unctuous and rich, but the dominant personality of Howell Mountain simply will not be denied. (Antonio Galloni)

United States | California | Napa Valley

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Primary Grape: Merlot

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