The Date and Time: Monday, October 3, 2016 11:30AM – 2:30PM
The Event: Tasting Marques de Casa Concha and Casillero del Diablo wines with winemaker Marcelo Papa.
The Venue: Toula, Westin Harbour Castle
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: all vintages will be available in the months to come, see below.
The Quote/Background: This also the 40th anniversary of Marques de Casa Concha. Marcelo, who comes to Toronto about once a year, spoke on the changing nature of Concha y Toro as they position themselves internationally. They are developing more food friendly wines in an elegant, sophisticated style, wines that are also suitable for sipping on their own but appear to be better with food.
The Wines: All wines will be available through the Vintages program.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $17.95, +481002 March 2, 2017 – [Euro-style]
-Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $21.95, +337238, Vintages Essentials in December. - [North American style]
-Concha y Toro Vigno Old Vines Carignan Dry Farmed Maule 2014, $22 TBD [60 year old vines]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2014, $19.95, +342857 Spring 2017 for 2014
-Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2014, $19.95, +169862 Spring 2017
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Marques de Casa Concha Pais/Cinsault 2015, $24.95 TBD [carbonic maceration for Pais, and limited production]
The Food: we ordered off the menu, which included salads (caprese) and smoked salmon. There was pasta (lamb ragu, clams), and branzino or striploin or cornish hens.
The Downside: the subway was not really working well this AM, and I was later than I wanted to be.
The Upside: good wines and a chance to talk with Marcelo.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.