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97 Montes Alpha M Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 75 2006

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The slopes of Apalta in Colchagua (in the Central Valley) enclose a half-moon shaped area with a unique micro-climate, defined by the mountains and one of Chile's widest rivers, the Tinguiririca. The best slopes in this valley, with a 15% average inclination and over 45° in the upper slopes, are found on our property where they grow the grapes for MONTES ALPHA "M". Having a west-south-west exposure allows for exactly the right number of hours of sunlight and provides an ocean breeze (the sea is only 30 kms away). The very warm days but cool winds at night with their lowering temperatures give a micro-climate particularly suited for growing red grape varieties. Add to this, the poor soils with little organic matter, drip irrigation, and the high density of vines (over 4.800 per hectare) make growing conditions "just right". Montes Alpha "M" is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (5 %), which links all the other grapes. The Cabernet Franc enhances the elegance of the first variety, and is in total harmony with the softness of the second and austerity of the third. Vintage 2005 can be considered one of the very best of the last 10 years. With rather cold previous Winter and Spring, the ripeness process was slow and lengthy, allowing Aurelio Montes to have great fruit expression and deep colour. This wine, richer in colour and with intense character, shows the elegance of the grapes of the Apalta estate. The wine has soft and rounded solid tannins that will allow it to be cellared for many years. A well balanced structure and perfect integration with the French new oak barrels. It has a delightful long lingering finish.

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One of Chile’s most renowned winemakers – Auriello Montes Sr. – blazed the path of bringing his country’s premium selections to the world when he joined forces with wine industry vet Douglas Murray and partners Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand in 1988. Together, they formed Viña Montes, which became the standard for premium Chilean wines with the introduction of... Read more
One of Chile’s most renowned winemakers – Auriello Montes Sr. – blazed the path of bringing his country’s premium selections to the world when he joined forces with wine industry vet Douglas Murray and partners Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand in 1988. Together, they formed Viña Montes, which became the standard for premium Chilean wines with the introduction of Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon. In the quarter century since then, the company has been instrumental in raising awareness, affinity, and acclaim for Chilean wines in over 100 countries worldwide. Hailing from Apalta in Chile’s Cochalgua Valley, Viña Montes produces 950,000 cases annually through its vineyards La Finca de Apalta (in Apalta); El Arcangel Estate (in Marchigue); and Los Nogales Estate (in Curico). Among the company labels are Montes Alpha “M,” Montes Folly, Purple Angel, Montes Alpha, Montes Classic Series, Montes Cherub, and Montes Twins. In 2004, a new cellar was created at Apalta through an investment of more than US$7 million. Chilean architect Samuel Claro, from the Claro and Swinburn Agency, created the space, which was decorated by Paula Gutierrez, a nationally renowned designer. Here, technology and equipment reside in a peaceful environment incorporating Feng Shui elements – water, air, metal and wood- to encourage harmony and a positive atmosphere, enhancing the total experience and resulting wines. Read less

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External Reviews for 97 Montes Alpha M Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 75

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Opens with a sublime bouquet of tobacco, perfume and baked cherry that conveys a sense of elegance. The palate is saturated and full, with integrated tannins and flavors of molasses, licorice and prime black fruits. This is probably a denser, slightly more ripe version of andldquo;Mandrdquo; than in past years, evidenced by the licorice, sweetness and coffee on the chewy finish. Drink now and over the next couple of years.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"Distinguished red fruit


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
07/13/2010

Wine Name: Montes Alpha M 2006, Category: Wine, Brand: Montes, Winery: Montes Wines, Price: $77.64, Bottle Size: 750 mls., Bottles per Case: 6, Made In: Chile, State: Colchagua Province, Appellation: Apalta Valley, Vintage: 2006, Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, Wine Type: Red Wine


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This elegant red has a polished, international style, with firm but unaggressive tannins and ripe fruit. The flavors are cherry, cedar and eucalyptus, balanced and fine. Drink now through 2002. A blend: 80 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Merlot, 10 percent Cabernet Franc.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Aurelio Montes, one of the leading enologists in Chile, selected grapes from what he believes to be his best vineyard to make a stylistic statement with this new wine. The vines are young, and the wine is quite expensive. It succeeds in an elegant style, but it coasts along the surface, and doesnrsquo;t venture into deeper flavors or textures. The wine is precise, round, clean, its tannins pleasantly light though austere. If the vines were older, it would be a red to cellar for a few years. But time rarely serves a wine from young vines, and you could enjoy a bottle of this soon, with price rib.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A beautiful marriage of refinement and concentration, this firm, polished red shows currant, tobacco and cedar flavors that are balanced and deep and linger on the finish. Eucalyptus and herb notes add interest and harmony to this elegant wine. Drink now through 2006. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
01/17/2011

Alpha M 2006 - Montes: Alpha M 2006 - Rotwein von MontesVon der Finca de Apalta stammen die Trauben für diesen kraftvollen und eleganten Montes Alpha M mit seiner intensiv dunkelroten Farbe. Nach der schonenden Lese per Hand wurde die Maische vergoren und reifte anschließend für ganze achtzehn Monate in neuen Fässern aus französischer Eiche. Vor der Abfüllung wurde der Wein ganz leicht filtriert, um die Vielfalt an Geschmack, Tannin und die Farbe zu erhalten. Die Basis für diesen Ultra-Premiumwein sind die natürlichen, schonenden, traditionellen Anbaumethoden von Montes, zusammen mit den extrem niedrigen Erträgen. Zu dunklem, gebratenen oder geschmorten Fleisch, zu Rind und zu Wild mit extravaganten und intensiven Aromaten eignet der Wein sich besonders.Weingut: MontesLand: ChileRegion: Colchagua ValleyRebsorten: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 10% Cabernet FrancAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol. %Säuregehalt: 3,5 g/lRestsüße: 2,75 g/lInhalt: 0,75 lFassreife: in Barriques gereift (18 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: 15 - 20 Jahre ab JahrgangAuszeichnungen des Montes Alpha M 2006:92 Parker Punkte94 Punkte - The Wine Spectator Mai 2009 Rotwein > Chile > Colchagua Valley


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The slopes of Apalta in Colchagua (in the Central Valley) enclose a half-moon shaped area with a unique micro-climate, defined by the mountains and one of Chile's widest rivers, the Tinguiririca. The best slopes in this valley, with a 15% average inclination and over 45° in the upper slopes, are found on our property where they grow the grapes for MONTES ALPHA "M". Having a west-south-west exposure allows for exactly the right number of hours of sunlight and provides an ocean breeze (the sea is only 30 kms away). The very warm days but cool winds at night with their lowering temperatures give a micro-climate particularly suited for growing red grape varieties. Add to this, the poor soils with little organic matter, drip irrigation, and the high density of vines (over 4.800 per hectare) make growing conditions "just right". Montes Alpha "M" is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (5 %), which links all the other grapes. The Cabernet Franc enhances the elegance of the first variety, and is in total harmony with the softness of the second and austerity of the third. Vintage 2005 can be considered one of the very best of the last 10 years. With rather cold previous Winter and Spring, the ripeness process was slow and lengthy, allowing Aurelio Montes to have great fruit expression and deep colour. This wine, richer in colour and with intense character, shows the elegance of the grapes of the Apalta estate. The wine has soft and rounded solid tannins that will allow it to be cellared for many years. A well balanced structure and perfect integration with the French new oak barrels. It has a delightful long lingering finish.

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