Montes Syrah Alpha 2012

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Yes, this is definitely a Syrah. Who would think that this was Chilean? Deep red fruits such as blackberries waft up from the glass, along with some sweet spice that is just screaming for a steak marinated in Worcestershire sauce and sweet chilis. The finish has loads of spice and California plums, making this wine a must-have.

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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
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Member Reviews for Montes Syrah Alpha

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Snooth User: rolande23
170540133
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 04/25/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: puhnner
1534071,491
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/18/2014

Had this at CRU at Love Field while waiting for my flight. A very interesting bottle, but not at all like the following Wine Makers' Notes: 'Color: Intense red with purple highlights. Aroma: Complex and expressive, subtly mixed with aromas of violets and cherries, in balance with the dark chocolate notes and toasted flavor from its oak aging. Palate: Elegant and balanced. Warm, Sweet and smooth impact with marked tannins. Mouth-filling. His weight on the palate translates cherry notes into jam and sweet tobacco. Fresh acidity which complements the heat of the alcohol strength, proving endless pleasant sensations and honest aromas in the palate. Lenghty finish.' I found it full of mineral - slate, wet concrete, clay and a distinct and pronounced petrol smell and taste. This reduced itself after a while in the glass and more stewed/dense fruit and cocoa. Unexpected to say the least. Would not have figured this for a Syrah and not sure how to pair this with anything...but will try again, but by the bottle this time, instead of a Glass.


4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 09/06/2013

After trying some watery New York State reds yesterday, now we're talking. Full bodied earthy syrah bursting with pepper, earth, and dark fruit. Nice dark color and grapey aroma, but drinks very earthy.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/21/2013

Light purple. Aroma of black berries. Velvet-like palate with a medium mouthfeel. Hints of herb and slight spice that leads into the finish.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/24/2012

One of my favorite vineyards in Chile. I have now had the '08 and the '06 and have purchased several bottles of both vintages. I prefer the '06 but it is mostly probably because it has aged slightly longer which is amazingly noticeable in this wine. This vintage still seem young and closed off. Still with the hints of black pepper that crescendos into the finish but not as much pizazz as the older vintage. I would hold on to this baby a few years. It won't disappoint!


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/27/2013

Great wine vintage by vintage. A go to for me. Great example of what a Chilean Syrah can be. Moderately price and a great value. Subtle spice to a well balanced fruit forward wine.


Snooth User: cyetka
45781549
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/29/2010

very nice, sweet yet dry

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External Reviews for Montes Syrah Alpha

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Yes, this is definitely a Syrah. Who would think that this was Chilean? Deep red fruits such as blackberries waft up from the glass, along with some sweet spice that is just screaming for a steak marinated in Worcestershire sauce and sweet chilis. The finish has loads of spice and California plums, making this wine a must-have.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

The 2010 Montes Alpha Syrah comes from the Apalta sub-region in Colchagua and is blended with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier. It has a reticent nose that unfurls to reveal copious blueberry and cassis fruit laced with vanilla. The palate is full-bodied with a layer of creamy oak smeared over the spicy black fruit on the entry, though it shows good weight towards the powerful finish. Give this Syrah twelve months to calm down in bottle. Drink 2013–2020.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2009 02/28/2013

Rubinroter Wein. Beeriges Bouquet mit schöner Würze, Zimt und intensivem Duft. Im Gaumen konzentriert und körperreich mit weichen und reifen Tanninen. Langer und eleganter Abgang.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 02/03/2012

Ripe, polished and forward, with toasty vanilla and sweet spice leading the way for creamy-textured plum and blackberry fruit. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2008 02/10/2011

Rubinroter Wein. Beeriges Bouquet mit schöner Würze, Zimt und intensivem Duft. Im Gaumen konzentriert und körperreich mit weichen und reifen Tanninen, langer und eleganter Abgang.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 02/13/2012

The 2008 Alpha Syrah is purple/black in color with an alluring nose of smoke, game, mineral, underbrush, and blueberry. Medium- to full-bodied, succulent and chewy on the palate, this lengthy effort is likely to evolve for 1ndash;2 years but can be approached now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 02/13/2012

Opens nicely, with hints of olive, earth, rubber and leather. The palate is juicy and lively, while flavors of coconut, toast and black fruit meld together in good fashion. A fresh, clean style of Syrah thatrsquo;s forward but not hard or tannic.


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