Although he cut his teeth – as well as plenty of raw fish – as a sushiman at Santiago de Chile’s Ritz-Carlton, Marcelo Pino made a professional about-turn in 2007 and turned his hand to wine. The decision was a wise one: in 2011 he was anointed Chile’s top sommelier, and he represented his country at the A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World in 2013. Here, Pino selects his top five Chilean wines.
Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Don Melchor 2010
One of Chile’s most iconic grapes, this Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon is also an emblematic Chilean wine. Its first harvest was in 1987, and the most recent available from 2010. Although it comes from the world’s third-largest winery, there’s a great concept behind Don Melchor. Coming from poor soils with a lot of stones, it comes up very aromatic and expressive with lots of elegance that characterises a Maipo Cabernet – red fruit, fresh when they are young, with lots of spices.
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