Carmenère resurfaced in Chile only in 1993, after being believed extinct since phylloxera hit Bordeaux, its original ...Read more...
Traveled to Chile specifically to seek this gem. 2005 is amazing! The only wine to bring me to tears...¡Enhorabuena Montes! Read more
An intriguing 23:2 blend of Carmenère and Petit Verdot, two grapes you don't see everyday. Lots of blackberry fruit and spice in this moderately ta... Read more
love it, 90% Carmanere (grapes known to have extincted since 1880 in Bordeaux and resurfaced in Chile only since the last decade). aroma - blackcur... Read more
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Traveled to Chile specifically to seek this gem. 2005 is amazing! The only wine to bring me to tears...¡Enhorabuena Montes!
An intriguing 23:2 blend of Carmenère and Petit Verdot, two grapes you don't see everyday. Lots of blackberry fruit and spice in this moderately tannic premium Chilean wine. It was perfectly drinkable, but clearly would have benefited from more time in the cellar when tasted in the late Summer 2008. Let it breathe. It comes in a ridiculously heavy bottle to complement its price tag (when its empty it feels like it is still full). I know this is one of the premiere wines of Chile, but the price tag is a bit silly. I'd love this at $30... or even $40.
love it, 90% Carmanere (grapes known to have extincted since 1880 in Bordeaux and resurfaced in Chile only since the last decade). aroma - blackcurrent, casis, coffee
Great wine. Hefty but balanced, and intriguing at every turn. I'm trying not to drink my last bottle of 2005 for another few years...it's got five more years in it at least!
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Montes Purple Angel 2005: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (18 Monate)Jahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Curicó-Lontué-ValleyWeingut: MontesRebsorte: 92% Carmenère 8% Petit Verdot Restzucker: 2,25 g/LiterRestsäure: 3,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein
Carmenère resurfaced in Chile only in 1993, after being believed extinct since phylloxera hit Bordeaux, its original home, around 1880. In Chile, its sole home at the moment, they consider it their "Chilean variety" and call it the "Jurassic Park" grape, returned from extinction. Montes pioneered the Chilean wine scene by creating super-premium wines, including the Montes Alpha range, and icons such as Montes Alpha M and Montes Folly. Montes also led the way to quality by planting on steep mountain slopes. But Montes, Chile's wine pioneer, also knows when to wait - Aurelio Montes preferred to take his time and develop the Carmenère variety until he was satisfied that it could be a top contender, the very best Montes could possibly produce. It was worth the wait. This new beauty (a blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot, with 18 months in new French and American oak barrels) is stunning wine and provides a very interesting alternative to the major international grape variatels more commonly found in Chile.
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