Alpha Apalta Vineyard Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2008
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.
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
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.
External Reviews for Alpha Apalta Vineyard Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.