Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2011

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Grapes sourced from Casablanca Valley. The wine remains in its original cask for one year using a monthly batonage to...

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Hugely aromatic with lots of pineapple and mango fruit layered over a base of fine, toasty and allspice laced oak. This start out on the palate wit... Read more

From a small typical restaurant white wine glass - Lightly oaky on the nose with a typically citrus/sweet chardonnay expression of fruit. There are... Read more

Delicious, full-bodied, complex and creamy in the mid-palate, our Alpha Chardonnay is one of the few Chilean whites wines that will improve with ag... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Montes Alpha Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,230
3.00 5
03/17/2014

Hugely aromatic with lots of pineapple and mango fruit layered over a base of fine, toasty and allspice laced oak. This start out on the palate with fairly big power, then broadens on the palate in a lush, creamy style. The flavors are rich with vanilla, mango and melon, along with some creamy pineapple fruit towards the back of the palate. The acid and a touch of minerality emerges on the moderately long finish which shows a dusty edge and reveals more subtle green apple peel and lime pith flavors. This is a very ripe flavor profile, and while the texture remains attractively fresh if broad it’s blend of tropical fruit and vanilla spice doesn’t work for me. 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,230
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/27/2009

From a small typical restaurant white wine glass - Lightly oaky on the nose with a typically citrus/sweet chardonnay expression of fruit. There are notes of smoke, chalk and graham cracker that add interest but are rather aggressive. Big and rich in the mouth but a bit thick across the palate finishing with good green fruits. From Bottega del Vino's Chardonnay stem - more expressive oak tones reveal layered vanilla, light toast and hazelnut butter tones. The fruit here is more tropical with a custard edge and a nice blend of spiced, roasted pears and sauteed pineapple. In the mouth this is soft and expansive with a broad, elegant mouthfeel and better cut than from the smaller glass. The flavors are much the same though this is perhaps more citrus and tropical toned with a long pineapple syrup note on the finish. A definite improvement aromatically and texturally when using the Bottega del Vino stem. 88pts

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Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 10/09/2013

Delicious, full-bodied, complex and creamy in the mid-palate, our Alpha Chardonnay is one of the few Chilean whites wines that will improve with age. The 1998 vintage was selected as ‘World Champion Chardonnay’ by Slow Food of Italy, after simultaneous tastings in 26 cities around the world, covered live by BBC-TV in London. Grapes are sourced from the renowned white wine area, Casablanca Valley. Fermented and aged in French oak barrels for one year; 40% of the wine undergoes secondary ‘malolactic fermentation’ to enhance buttery flavors. A monthly stirring of the wine or batonage enhances flavor and aroma complexity. ~ The Winery ~


Snooth User: Slipstream
172281711
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/09/2012

Robust and smokey, with a citric acid finish. Solidly built with a bit of leather and an enjoyably sour aroma. Not bad.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2011

Dried apricots, some peaches, hazelnut, bright acidity, enjoyable


Snooth User: pieterjan
12844510
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/09/2008

Nice wine. Very full flavour. Carmenère grapes add a nice touch.


Snooth User: kalani
70607113
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/04/2008

Wonderful wine that can pair seriously with steaks and hardy cuisine. Complex and unique.


Snooth User: Wine Baron
9251283
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 07/07/2009

Butter and oak for sure but this is definitely not Cali Chard. I got a lot of interesting Banana notes. The creamy finish was very nice too.


Snooth User: Fianchetto
4569124
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/09/2009

My rep just dropped this off at my restaurant for "sampling"... Was busy, not really paying attention... the rep left... was thirsty. The server brought me a glass while prepping for the evening... HELLO !!! dropped everything... called the rep's cell and squeezed in an order for it. Haven't had a reasonably priced Chilean wine of this caliber since the 99 Los Vascos (Lafite) reserve cab. I love it when wineries drop gems like this one on the market. Only paid $10.99 a bottle !!!


External Reviews for Montes Alpha Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
06/17/2013

Volles, blasses Strohgelb, weiches, frisches Aroma von reifen Pfirsichen, tropischen Früchten sowie Zitrusfrüchten. Ein trockener, milder Wein mit einem langanhaltenden Abgang.


External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
09/15/2009

Starts out a bit short and flat, with a bouquet housing basic Chardonnay aromas of pear, apple and oak. The palate is more or less similar, with apple and melon flavors spreading wide across the mouth. But where?s the precision and zest? Those key qualities, which we?ve previously lauded in this wine, are not entirely on vacation but they?re not fully evident either.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
02/28/2013

Elegante Aromen von Schokolade, Zigarren, Kaffee mit einem Anflug von Vanille und Karamellbonbon. Voluminös am Gaumen mit mittlerem Körper. Weicher und langanhaltender Abgang.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
06/18/2013

Dichtes, dunkles Beerenrot mit schwarzen Reflexen, elegante Aromen von Schokolade, Zigarren und Kaffe mit einem Anflug von Vanille und Karamellbonbon. Voluminös am Gaumen mit mittlerem Körper. Weicher und langanhaltender Abgang.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
02/28/2013

Ein frischer, junger und fruchtiger Wein. Aromen von Erdbeeren, leichte florale Noten, vor allem Rosen sowie Orangenschalen. Im Gaumen entfalten sich reiche Fruchtaromen mit einem wunderbar langen Abgang.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 11/01/2011

Ein eleganter Wein mit Geschmacksnoten von schwarzem Pfeffer, sehr harmonisch und weich im Gaumen, ein körperreicher Wein mit einem angenehmen, langanhaltenden Abgang.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 02/28/2013

Weich und harmonisch mit sanften Tanninen und gut eingebundenen Eichenholznoten.


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2004 02/01/2008

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2004 09/16/2007

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NV 09/28/2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes sourced from Casablanca Valley. The wine remains in its original cask for one year using a monthly batonage to enhance buttery flavors and complexity that emphasizes the union of refined flavors of tropical fruit and aromas.

Grapes sourced from Casablanca Valley. The wine remains in its original cask for one year using a monthly batonage to enhance buttery flavors and complexity that emphasizes the union of refined flavors of tropical fruit and aromas.

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