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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... Read more
This was not very complex but very easy to drink. loads of varying black fruits and a little spice/cinnamon. Read more
One of my favorite vineyards in Chile. Very sophisticated syrah. Medium bodied and extremely balanced with notes of pepper and soft spice. Long, la... Read more
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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!
This was not very complex but very easy to drink. loads of varying black fruits and a little spice/cinnamon.
One of my favorite vineyards in Chile. Very sophisticated syrah. Medium bodied and extremely balanced with notes of pepper and soft spice. Long, lasting finish. Although not to easy to find I would always pick up a bottle of this if I see it.
The key word for me is "dark". Everything dark is in this wine: dark coffee, black tea, earth.
Superb with cheese - especially Grana Padano http://www.spittoon.biz/the_mysterious_case_of_the_mis.html
Fruity and smooth.
I waited a bit longer than most of the reviewers of this wine - perhaps because I do not like strong, lingering oak odors on the nose and on back of the palate. Aged in bottle for two years, there is a lot of vanilla-coffee on the nose with more than the usual touch of ginger and cherry. Lovely, deep, black - almost opaque color. Soft, multi-layered flavors and tannin with some astringency indicating the possibility of further bottle-aging. A very nice, balanced, high-quality Chilean Syrah from a good producer. Excellent value and continuing to show that 5-6 years is probably the peak for wines from this region (that is, waiting longer is probably a waste of time).
External Reviews for Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha
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.
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.
Montes Alpha Syrah 2007: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate), lagerfähig 5 - 7 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2007Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Colchagua ValleyWeingut: MontesRebsorte: Syrah, Cabernet SauvignonRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein
Intensely forward nose for this young of a wine. Campfire smoke, licorice, plum and fresh raspberries swirl from the glass. Big, dense Syrah with luscious, ripe fruit that feels silky on the entry and then deepens mid-palate, taking on a chewy, rustic texture. The wine gains complexity on the finish, which lasts for minutes, showing spicy, toasted oak, a bit of dried herbs and plum-skin tannins. Tastes like the real thing.
Ruby-red. Energetic cherry-cola and raspberry aromas offer impressive clarity and a suave floral overtone. Sweet red and dark berry liqueur flavors are complemented by sexy vanillin oak and Asian spices, with supple tannins carrying through the finish. Emphatically modern and quite seductive.
A consistently high-scoring wine, this version of Alpha Syrah from Montes starts with graham crackers, vanilla, sawdust and coffee aromas on top of sexy, herbal fruit notes. The balanced palate delivers plum and berry fruit but even more vanilla and mocha. Maybe too oaky? Regardless, itrsquo;s a very good Syrah for Chile.
Richly layered, with ambitiously styled fig, mocha, espresso and bittersweet cocoa, backed by a lush beam of boysenberry fruit. Fleshy and toasty through the finish, with the dark fruit lingering well in the background. Drink now through 2010.
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