Wine Advocate # 182. Apr 2009. Reviewer : Jay Miller. The 2008 Trio Reserva Red Blend from Rapel is predominantly Merlot with some Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. A glass-coating opaque purple, the nose delivers scents of scorched earth, violets, mineral, blackcurrant, plum, and blueberry. Silky-textured and layered on the palate with gobs of ripe fruit and serious concentration, this superb blend over-delivers big-time. Buy it by the case and drink it over the next four years. Drink: 2009 - 2013.
- Country: Chile
- Wine Region: Central Valley
- Wine Area: Peumo Valley/Rapel
- Wine Maker: Ignacio Recabarren
- Grape: Merlot
- Grape Percentage: 70% Merlot, 15% Carmenere, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol Percentage: 14%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Now-2013
Deep and dark red. Intense aroma of black fruits, cherries, chocolate, tobacco, modern style. Concentrated, mouthfilling, black fruit, velvety and sweet tannins, good structure and density.
Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com, 89pts (2006) -"Lovely nose: dark, spicy blackcurrant fruit and brilliant focus, as well as a spicy, mineral edge. The palate shows focused blackcurrant fruit. Approachable and balanced."
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 89pts (2008) -"From Rapel. Very sweet, dark, juicy and fat berry fruit. There's a touch of leather and some tiny gamy notes. The palate has a plushness of black fruit, but the drying, peppery and earthy spice of the Carmenère fills in, with a fairly lean but juicy cherry finish."
nicedrop.wordpress.com - tasted nov 2011 - "But back to the wine, after a few nights of drinking just beer we craved a decent red and the 2009 Concha y Toro Trio Reserva Merlot Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon did the trick. It was mellow and complex with a jumble of flavours competing for attention. It’s a Chilean export that stands on the world stage and is well worth giving a go. It’s made in the new world style with a strong fruit driven approach, but enough oak to keep the interest levels there."
Aged for 11 months in French and American oak barrels.