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Montes Alpha "M" Red Chile Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley Apalta Valley la Finca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot 2005

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It is a strong fruity, wine with beautiful Chardonnay character. Evident banana, pineapple, and tropical fruits in the upfront with a well-integrated oak that helps add elegance without covering the fruit. The Malolactic fermentation makes a full wine in the mid palate with long and pleasant finish and nice buttery after taste. Nice balanced between fruit and oak.

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Montes:
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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Member Reviews for Montes Alpha "M" Red Chile Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley Apalta Valley la Finca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot

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Snooth User: Evil Homer
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3.50 5
11/08/2007

Very interesting nose...some oak and buttered pear with a bit of an odd smell. Very nice on the mouthfeel. Green apple, pear and buttered popcorn.....well done. 88/100


Snooth User: andresuio
10830231
3.50 5
12/23/2008

Very delicious. Is an awesome wine with nice red color, red berries in nose. What i liked more of this wine is the velvety in palate with vainilla flavors. Really good wine, and in quality price relation was very cheap. Nice experience of chilean wines


Snooth User: Emre
5567118
3.50 5
04/06/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Montes Alpha "M" Red Chile Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley Apalta Valley la Finca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/31/2008

Montes Alpha "M" is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The steep slopes of Apalta in Central Chile provide the perfect growing conditions for the grapes, with many hours of sunlight and the cooling breezes of the ocean. Notes of coffee, tobacco, and black plums burst from the glass.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Review Rated 95 Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage yet for


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 95Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage yet for this winery's flagship wine. Best from 2009 through 2015.Wine Tasting NotesA powerful wine with very good level of soft and rounded tannins. Intense dark red color. The wine is elegant and has a very well defined character. There is an pleasant and harmonious marriage of fruit and the French oak.. The structure of this wine will keep it for at least 20 years.


External Review
01/04/2012

Good medium-weight mix of plum, briar and sweet vanilla and toast notes, with a juicy finish that fleshes out nicely in the glass. 15 percent Carmenegrave;re. Drink now.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
03/13/2009

2005 Montes Alpha 'M' is very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the


External Review
01/04/2012

The 2005 Alpha Merlot offers an attractive nose of cedar, spice box, cassis, and black cherry. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit and good depth. The finish is medium long and pure. Drink this tasty Merlot over the next 4ndash;6 years. 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.


External Review
02/07/2013

Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supersupple tannins. Beautifully rendered. The best vintage yet of this winery's flagship wine. Best from 2009 through 2015.


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It is a strong fruity, wine with beautiful Chardonnay character. Evident banana, pineapple, and tropical fruits in the upfront with a well-integrated oak that helps add elegance without covering the fruit. The Malolactic fermentation makes a full wine in the mid palate with long and pleasant finish and nice buttery after taste. Nice balanced between fruit and oak.

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