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Alpha Apalta Vineyard Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2008

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The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this excellent wine are sourced from Santa Cruz (Colchagua), from the now famous “La Finca de Apalta” Estate, in the Apalta Valley, reputed to be the best for red wines in Chile. The wine is a deep ruby red colour, and the expression of Cabernet Sauvignon is evident providing structure and elegance. There are lots of berries, fruits and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Promising abundant soft rounded tannins are evident. The structure and balance of this full bodied wine makes it very pleasant and enjoyable. A very sophisticated wine with a delightfully long 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

Member Reviews for Alpha Apalta Vineyard Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley

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Snooth User: Wolle
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3.00 5
08/09/2010

My Rating 86: full bodied fruity wine with some fine tannins. Nose is long with strong berry smell \. Typical Chilenian Price was OK at Costco


3.50 5
10/19/2011

Nice cab, maybe a bit overpriced at $18. Oak, blackberry, firm tannins provide a smooth finish with a bit of eucalyptus. A little anise, vanilla, and bitter herbs in the background (made me think of Zwack Unicum). Maybe needs more time in the bottle. I would score it 88/100.


Snooth User: solidgecko
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2.00 5
07/30/2011

Two glasses


External Reviews for Alpha Apalta Vineyard Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley

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

From the oldest Cabernet vines in Chile, 80ndash;100 years old. Stunning cassis, cedar, and blackberry perfume. Rich soft and elegant. Layers of complexity on the finish. Super buy!


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Itrsquo;s time to get excited about Chilean wines again! With all the wine you have to choose from at Premier itrsquo;s easy to overlook many of our hidden treasures, especially those gems from South America. So STOP! Circle this wine, come down for a visit, and donrsquo;t let this wine go undiscovered in your home any longer. Aurelio Montes has been consistently churning out some remarkable wine over the years and this latest effort is no exception. Hailing from the famed Apalta vineyards, (perhaps the best for reds in Chile), this blend of 85% Cabernet and 15% Merlot rests for 12 months in new French oak picking up some mocha and chocolate complexities along with fresh cigar box aromas on the nose. It is a fleshy, mostly new world expression of cabernet offering copious amounts of blackberry and currant fruit. Depth and extraction are unmistakable in its mouthfeel mdash; a testimonial to the pre-phylloxera, 100 year old vines. This is a seamless, smooth cabernet of medium to full body with all the hallmarks of wine double the price.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Full of muscular, burly tannins, this robust cabernet tastes of cherries and pepper behind the sweet spice of oak. The fruit will come forward with a few years in bottle, or in the company of charcuterie.


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

Nice currant, blackberry and graphite notes here, with a racy texture. Firms up a touch on the finish, but therersquo;s solid fruit throughout. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Scents of sweet cassis lead into refreshing aromas of herbs and spices in this muscular, young cabernet. To temper its impulsive tannins, serve it with pasta in a meat sauce.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Lightly firm, with a muscular core of blackberry, currant and licorice snap notes laid over a loam and coffee undertow. Slightly chunky, but pushes through well enough on the finish.


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

The 2005 Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon has considerably more weight than the Merlot. The fruit is darker with a quality nose of cedar, leather, espresso, and black currants. The winersquo;s texture is supple and there is enough tannin to support 2ndash;3 years of cellaring. This well-made Cabernet can be enjoyed through 2020. Over recent years, Montes has been one of the standard-bearers of quality wines from Chile under the leadership of Aurelio Montes. The lineup is top-notch from entry level to top-of-the-line.


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The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this excellent wine are sourced from Santa Cruz (Colchagua), from the now famous “La Finca de Apalta” Estate, in the Apalta Valley, reputed to be the best for red wines in Chile. The wine is a deep ruby red colour, and the expression of Cabernet Sauvignon is evident providing structure and elegance. There are lots of berries, fruits and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Promising abundant soft rounded tannins are evident. The structure and balance of this full bodied wine makes it very pleasant and enjoyable. A very sophisticated wine with a delightfully long finish.

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