Costing about $17, with 14% alcohol, and scoring 17 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 2013 Concha y Toro Grand Reserva Malbec, from Marchique, Chile  is just coming into its peak. I carried this bottle back for the winery. It’s red fruit, dry tannins, and weight are all made for a red meat meal.


Served with roast beef, potatoes, and root veggies; this Malbec married nicely. Concha y Toro makes wine for dinner as it should be.

At just seven years old, the wine was round and mouth-filling. It could age from 15 to 20 years I think. However, enjoy wine when it shows well, and the 2013 did just that.   I’d hope to get back to Chile for an even deeper study of their wines. In Vino Veritas.