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Montes Alpha Merlot Colchagua Valley 2007

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All the grapes for this Merlot come from the "la Finca de Apalta” Estate in the Apalta Valley, reputed to be the best for red wines in Chile. The wine spends 12 months in French new and used oak. There is only very light filtering in order to keep all the aromas and colour. It is a handsome ruby red colour with high intensity. There is outstanding and concentrated fruit, with a noseful of black cherry, hints of black pepper, notes of tobacco and sweet chocolate. 15% of Carmenere is added into the blend as it adds of spiciness to the wine. Overall this is a full-bodied and well balanced wine, round and velvety in mid-palate, with soft and ripe tannins. Well integrated oak with added touch of vanilla, followed by a long and smooth finish. Very, very elegant.

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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

External Reviews for Montes Alpha Merlot Colchagua Valley

External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/07/2011

Alpha Merlot 2007 - Montes: Alpha Merlot 2007 - Rotwein von MontesDer sehr elegante Montes Alpha Merlot hat viel zu sagen und das hinterlässt einen bleibenden Eindruck. Im Glas sehen wir ihn in einem sehr intensiven Rubinrot und spüren überwältigende Fruchtaromen, wie z.B. nach überreifen, schwarze Kirschen. Das komplexe Aromenspektrum wird vervollständigt durch Eindrücke von schwarzem Pfeffer, Tabak und Vollmilchschokolade. Er überzeugt mit einem kräftigen Körper und guter Balance, weichen, reifen Tanninen und sehr gut integrierten Holzaromen samt feiner Säurestruktur und langem Nachhall. Neben den schwarzen Kirschen schmecken wir Pflaumenkompott, schwarzen Pfeffer, Vollmilchschokolade und Vanille heraus. Dieser Wein passt zu allen würzig-aromatischen Fleischgerichten, wie Wild, empfiehlt sich aber auch zu kräftigen Hauptgängen der Euro- Asiatischen Küche.Weingut: MontesLand: ChileRegion: Colchagua ValleyRebsorte: 100% MerlotAlkoholgehalt: 14,0 Vol. %Inhalt: 0,75 lEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18°CFassreife: in Barriques gereift (12 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: 7 - 10 Jahre ab Jahrgang Colchagua Valley


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

"On the palate


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

Wine Name: Montes Alpha Merlot 2007, Category: Wine, Brand: Montes, Winery: Montes Wines, Price: $19.51, Bottle Size: 750 mls., Bottles per Case: 12, Made In: Chile, State: Colchagua Province, Region: VI O'Higgins Region, Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Vintage: 2007, Varietal: 85% Merlot and 15% Carmenère, Wine Type: Red Wine


External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Montes Alpha Merlot 2007: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate), lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2007Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Colchagua ValleyWeingut: MontesRebsorte: MerlotRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
05/31/2011

Rubinrot. Starke Aromen von roten Beeren, schwarzen Kirschen und schwarzem Pfeffer. Im Gaumen ein wohlschmeckender körperreicher Wein mit Geschmacksnoten von Vanille und Toast, sehr elegant mit einem langanhaltenden Abgang.



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All the grapes for this Merlot come from the "la Finca de Apalta” Estate in the Apalta Valley, reputed to be the best for red wines in Chile. The wine spends 12 months in French new and used oak. There is only very light filtering in order to keep all the aromas and colour. It is a handsome ruby red colour with high intensity. There is outstanding and concentrated fruit, with a noseful of black cherry, hints of black pepper, notes of tobacco and sweet chocolate. 15% of Carmenere is added into the blend as it adds of spiciness to the wine. Overall this is a full-bodied and well balanced wine, round and velvety in mid-palate, with soft and ripe tannins. Well integrated oak with added touch of vanilla, followed by a long and smooth finish. Very, very elegant.

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