Montes, Alpha Carmenère, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2019 through Merchant of Wine.

Montes Alpha, Carmenère, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2019

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Overview of the Wine
With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine.

Grape / Blend
90% Carmenère; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red with an eye-catching, violet hue. On the nose it’s complex and elegant. Pronounced, delicious aromas of ripe red and black fruit melt into inviting chocolate, mocha and brioche. The nose is well-balanced, with a little spice in the background. The French oak lends some toasted notes that complement the aromatic pro le, while adding a slight sensation of sweetness. On the palate, it shows itself to be a wine of great Carmenère character and typicity, with rich acidity that is well balanced with the generous body. The tannins are velvety and give way to a long memorable finish.

Highly recommended with red meats, stir-fried beef and vegetables, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, lamb chops, and mushroom ravioli.

93 - James Suckling
Black fruit, herbs, chili, black olives and spices on the nose. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins. Creamy, but structured and fresh in the mouth. Layered with a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.

90 Points - Vinous
The 2019 Carmernere Montes Alpha hails from Apalta and Marchigüe and is blended with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Rich violet in the glass. The nose delivers ripe blackberry aromas with hints of white and green pepper. Indulgent in the mouth with firm tannins, an ample, extractive palate and good body. The cleansing finish is of dark fruit. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026

Product size: 750ml

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