Color: Deep violet red Aroma: Powerful aromas of spices, wild herbs and vanilla Taste: Well-rounded, with subtle frui...Read more...
Light bodied and not very viscous for a Carmenere. Still a good bottle of wine that isn't overly Chilean. Good gateway wine for American wine drink... Read more
Very green and astringent. Tasted at Geneva Festival of the Vines 9/11/2010 Read more
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Light bodied and not very viscous for a Carmenere. Still a good bottle of wine that isn't overly Chilean. Good gateway wine for American wine drinkers.
Very green and astringent. Tasted at Geneva Festival of the Vines 9/11/2010
$9.99 @ FreshDirect
External Reviews for Montgras Carménère Colchagua Valley Reserva
Ninquen 2009 - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast/ This Syrah-Cab blend is an oaky specimen with no shortage of vanilla, cream and sawdust on the nose. In the mouth, it’s quite rich, almost to the point of being syrupy. Flavors of blackberry, toast, vanilla and popcorn announce even more generous oak, while the finish is warm in feel, with baked fruit, mint and vanilla flavors.
Carmenere Reserva 2010 - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Shines with a nice purple lustre then opens with big blackberry and spiced plum flavors that are earthy and wild. The palate is round, ripe and feels good, and the flavors are centered on herbal blackberry and toast. Very good for the price range.
Carmenere Reserva 2009 - 89 Points, eRobertParker.com/ Savory, ripe, plump, with a palate of black fruit compote. Sweet, lengthy, and long.
From the outset in 1997, the aim of MontGras’ Ninquén Project was straightforward: to produce the finest red wines in Chile. This bold mission was born out of an appreciation for the influence of terroir and an ambition to forge a name for MontGras in the elite ultra premium category. 222 acres of prime vineyard atop Ninquén Hill in the heart of the Colchagua Valley were selected for this venture and planted with a range of indigenous and international red varietals. With this pioneering move into hilltop viticulture, MontGras became the first winery in Chile to plant on the plateau of a hill (Ninquen = “plateau on a hill” in ancient local dialect). Owner Hernán Gras and Santiago Margozzini craft the limited production wine from this special vineyard. “Elegance and power are two wine descriptives that usually head in opposing directions. In this case, both are present in the same wine, something that doesn’t arise too often. On the one hand, the wine displays subtle, balanced components and on the other hand, it is full-bodied, with an underlying concentration and intensity. What I would call a really sensual wine, smooth and strong.” -- Winemaker, Santiago Margozzini Production Area Blocks 178 and 185 at the MontGras Ninquén Hill vineyard in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, between Chile’s Coastal Range and the Andes. The soil here is rich in clay, strewn with rocks and stones. Grape Varieties 60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Syrah Vinification Syrah grapes are selected and handpicked at the end of April, Cabernet Sauvignon was selected the first week in May. Cold soak lasts approximately 4 days. Whole berries are fermented on the skins and remain in contact with the skins for 27 days. The wine is aged 24 months in new French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels (80% new, 205 second use) before bottling. Color Deep ruby red Bouquet Complex ripe black and blue berries, with a touch of leather, clove and cedar. Taste Ripe black fruit lead the way to a balance palate with a warm and juicy character. Ripe tannins give some density but round texture with a lingering and elegant finish. Alcohol 14.7% Serving Suggestions Complements red meats, poultry, pork and hard cheeses.
Carmenere Reserva 2010 - 88 points, International Wine Cellar/ Dark violet. Blackberry and musky spices on the nose. Juicy, focused and very fruity, almost jammy, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors with a spicy underpinning. Finishes with solid bite, showing good clarity and gentle spiciness.
Carmenere Reserva 2010 - 86 points, Wine Spectator Online/ Friendly with crushed cherry pie and blackberry fruit layered with judicious toast and followed by a lively finish.
Deep purple with powerful spicy aromas mingled withmint and wild herbs. On the palate, soft and round tannins combine with a subtle vanilla and toasty flavors.
In der Nase entfalten sich sortentypische Aromen von Kräutern, Gewürzen und vegetabilen Noten, die mit einer reifen Frucht- und dezenter Ausbauaromatik unterlegt sind. Das intensive Bouquet bietet eine vielschichtige Aromapalette und lässt viel Gutes erwarten. Der Sinneseindruck im Gaumen ist von samtigen, weichen und reifen Gerbstoffen geprägt. Die gut eingebundene Fruchtsäure harmoniert mit dem Schmelz und der leckeren Textur dieses zugänglichen, gehaltvollen Rotweins, der aus der Rebsorte Carmenère gekeltert wurde, die aus Bordeaux stammend in Chile eine neue Heimat gefunden hat. Das Fazit im Abgang: ein Wein, der viel Genussfreude vermittelt.
Color: Deep violet red Aroma: Powerful aromas of spices, wild herbs and vanilla Taste: Well-rounded, with subtle fruit flavors and soft tannins leading to a velvety finish.
<p>This well-rounded deep violet red wine is produced in Colchagua Valley of Chile. With ripe, soft tannins, this wine has with great structure and freshness.</p>
Notes: Grapes are hand-harvested and 60% of the juice is aged for 7 months in French and American oak prior to bottling and release
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