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2008 Montes Alpha Colchagua Valley Marchigue Vineyard, 14.5%, $22

A hint of VA greets the nose followed by rather wooly, vaguely animal notes and plenty of shaved bitter chocolate all piled up over dried red berry fruits. On entry, this is rather focused and elegant; but it balloons in the mouth, revealing impressive concentration and depth. The fruit remains youthful but not fruity and while the oak is prominent, it’s balanced out by the fruit. This grows into a rich, almost chewy wine with a nice blend of roasted coffee bean, toasty spice and nuanced herb notes all accenting the subtle fruit. The finish is dark, spicy and oily, recalling coffee beans and licorice with a peppery spice on the finale. 91pts

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  • Snooth User: klhoskins
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    What ever happened to the little guys out there that are making great wines? Alvaro Espinoza from GEO who is one of most respected and innovative winemakers in Chile, producing wines from the Maipo Valley "Isla de Maipo" (Chono) or Rapel Valley (Rayun). Great wines for the price!

    Sep 09, 2011 at 6:28 PM

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