Vina Montes Alpha Carmenère Colchagua 2008
The grapes for this lovely Carmenère come from the Arcangel Estate located at the very West of Colchagua valley - only 11 miles (18 Kms) from the Pacific Ocean. The relatively cold climate allows Montes to ripen the grapes slowly and smoothly, reaching full maturation and fruit expression. The soil profile is mostly clay that provides strength and power to the wine. This Carmenère / Cabernet blend is a deep and lively ruby red colour. The wine has a very elegant and evident Carmenère tipicity, showing lovely black pepper aromas with hints of red berries, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and black plums. In the mouth it is distinctively smooth, with rounded and soft tannins. Long finish. The oak is beautifully integrated and balanced.
A blast of earth, minerals and leather greets you as the inky dark wine swirls in the glass. Entry is just as pleasant for those who prefer an earthier wine. Even some green pepper mid-palate adds to the enjoyment. Despite the quick finish, this can easily be enjoyed alone or with a spicy dish. Would be a great tapas caliente companion.
Three and a half glasses