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Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2003

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Description: Vintage 2003 was warm and very dry, permitting a very adequate and early growth to maturity. The Syrah grapes were hand picked from the steep slopes in perfect conditions of health and ripeness. The wine has a beautiful deep rubi red color. To the nose, with quiet glass, intense cassis and berries are feeling. When the glass is stirring we find notes that remember dry fruits, marmalade, vanilla very well integrated and dark mature fruits . In the mouth, the wine has sweet and soft tannins, and besides is equilibrated .gentle, rounded, robust, wide and dense with a very long lasting palate. The Montes Folly style is unbeatable. Denomination of Origin: Santa Cruz (Colchagua). All grapes come from a single vineyard, our famous “La Finca de Apalta” Estate. For Montes Folly they come from the highest and steepest slopes (over 45%), known to grow the best red Chilean wines. Oak Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels, all new. Filtering: This wine is not filtered. Unfiltered. Yield of Vineyard: About 3 ton per hectare (equivalent to 1.5 tons per acre) Grape Variety: Syrah 100% Cellaring Recommendations: Montes Folly can be fully enjoyed right now but will improve over a long cellaring of up to 20 years. Recommended Serving Temperature: 18º C (17º C – 19º C). Decanting: Decant for at least an hour for better enjoyment, allowing the wine to open up.

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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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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
01/14/2007

Oustanding Chilean syrah in the French style. Deep ruby in color. Powerful aromas of black pepper, currants, and a touch of fresh green bell pepper. Palate of black fruits, pepper, and roasted meats reminiscent of CdP. Peppery, spicy finish with a hint of clove. Lots of complexity for the price. Wish I had more. Will seek out the '04.


Snooth User: jvazvelho
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4.00 5
07/22/2009

Four glasses


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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

"Dense, large-scale wine, with thick layers of blackberry, boysenberry, mocha and espresso flavors supported by lush, powerful tannins. Big, smoky, tarry finish. The oak is dominant now, but the stuffing is certainly here. One for the cellar.



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Description: Vintage 2003 was warm and very dry, permitting a very adequate and early growth to maturity. The Syrah grapes were hand picked from the steep slopes in perfect conditions of health and ripeness. The wine has a beautiful deep rubi red color. To the nose, with quiet glass, intense cassis and berries are feeling. When the glass is stirring we find notes that remember dry fruits, marmalade, vanilla very well integrated and dark mature fruits . In the mouth, the wine has sweet and soft tannins, and besides is equilibrated .gentle, rounded, robust, wide and dense with a very long lasting palate. The Montes Folly style is unbeatable. Denomination of Origin: Santa Cruz (Colchagua). All grapes come from a single vineyard, our famous “La Finca de Apalta” Estate. For Montes Folly they come from the highest and steepest slopes (over 45%), known to grow the best red Chilean wines. Oak Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels, all new. Filtering: This wine is not filtered. Unfiltered. Yield of Vineyard: About 3 ton per hectare (equivalent to 1.5 tons per acre) Grape Variety: Syrah 100% Cellaring Recommendations: Montes Folly can be fully enjoyed right now but will improve over a long cellaring of up to 20 years. Recommended Serving Temperature: 18º C (17º C – 19º C). Decanting: Decant for at least an hour for better enjoyment, allowing the wine to open up.

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