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Montes Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere 2004

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From our "La Finca" Estate in the Apalta Valley (Santa Cruz D.O., a sub-denomination of Colchagua Valley). Aurelio evaluated releasing a full Carménère wine, as we have pure Carménère vines, but after many combinations decided that this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carménère (specified as such in the main label) brought forward the best of both varieties. Aged in American oak for six months and with only one soft filtering, it provides great value. With beautiful and intense ruby red color, it has a very elegant aroma with notes of chocolate, cigar box, coffee and also of vanilla and butterscotch. To the palate it is ample. Medium to full body, soft and generous, with a long aftertaste. Decanting is recommended for at least 30 minutes. It can be cellared for four years or enjoyed now. D.O. Colchagua Valley.

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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

Member Reviews for Montes Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere

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Snooth User: kalani
70607113
4.50 5
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
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
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 !!!


Snooth User: Stephenm
303104
4.00 5
08/15/2007

Four glasses



From our "La Finca" Estate in the Apalta Valley (Santa Cruz D.O., a sub-denomination of Colchagua Valley). Aurelio evaluated releasing a full Carménère wine, as we have pure Carménère vines, but after many combinations decided that this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carménère (specified as such in the main label) brought forward the best of both varieties. Aged in American oak for six months and with only one soft filtering, it provides great value. With beautiful and intense ruby red color, it has a very elegant aroma with notes of chocolate, cigar box, coffee and also of vanilla and butterscotch. To the palate it is ample. Medium to full body, soft and generous, with a long aftertaste. Decanting is recommended for at least 30 minutes. It can be cellared for four years or enjoyed now. D.O. Colchagua Valley.

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