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Viña Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard 2015

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Explosively bright aromas are full of fruit and are distinctively grapey yet still hold a dimension of other more classic raspberry and cherry fruit with an underlying heat and spice. Round and full in the mouth, this is quite approachable in style yet still elegant, with ripe red and blue fruit taking the lead and showcasing the spice and oak flavors quite well. There are a lot of reasons to enjoy this wine, and the value is certainly one of them.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Viña Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464771,186
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 08/21/2015

Explosively bright aromas are full of fruit and are distinctively grapey yet still hold a dimension of other more classic raspberry and cherry fruit with an underlying heat and spice. Round and full in the mouth, this is quite approachable in style yet still elegant, with ripe red and blue fruit taking the lead and showcasing the spice and oak flavors quite well. There are a lot of reasons to enjoy this wine, and the value is certainly one of them.


Member Reviews for Viña Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard

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Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,976
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 12/09/2016

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Montes Alpha is distinctively Chilean (or antipodal) in style, but very French in flavour profile - with perhaps a bit more purity than a Cab dominated Bordeaux A. C. Cedar shank and blackberry dominate the nose and a slightly tart, blackberry entry with oak tannin tends to mark the entry. Finish has some pucker, but quaffable now. You could age for a year or two. 88-89.


Snooth User: Shin Yagisawa
1030706220
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 09/03/2015

Such a high cost performance, tannin lasts longer, ended comfortable bitterness.


Snooth User: Sack
4184826
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/12/2014

Thumbs up


Snooth User: jippster
85076850
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/28/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: GWFulham
58250431
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 10/26/2010

Difficult to fault this wine - both in terms of quality and value for money. This wine is an excellent demonstration of what Chile can do really well. If any of your friends or guests are doubtful about Chilean wine, ask them to try this. I recently gave this 18/20. The quality of the wine making shows through - excellent clean, forward berries fruit with a lovely 'New World' capsicum nose, with toasted notes and cassis. Very good finish, excellent balance - drink now. For the red wine drinker, I can't think of a better value wine generally available in the UK. I guess it's selected parcels of young vines. I am not sure if it will age but who cares?


Snooth User: Diane Letulle
105914428
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/22/2013

This full bodied wine showed notes of leather, vanilla, chocolate, and cherries on the nose and palate.  The fruit was sweet red and black plums, there was some light baking spices, and firm tannins. This was one of the more full-bodied wines of the tasting and recommended.


Snooth User: Mikee Victoriano
134333934
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/06/2013

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Viña Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 02/28/2013

Dunkles Rubinrot. Ein trockener, ziemlich komplexer Wein mit einem starken Aroma von schwarzen Johannisbeeren, weiche Tannine geben den Charakter, ein Wein mit einem langanhaltenden Abgang.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 06/17/2013

Fruchtiger, kräftiger Auftakt, komplexe Aromatik. Voller, gut ausgewogener Körper mit langanhaltendem Abgang. Wein mit Alterungspotential.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

The fact that the wine's bouquet is subdued and gentle is a bonus. This version offers some creamy oak character and smooth but simple berry flavors. Not stellar but not bad, either.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

This lively red shows crisp berry and herbal flavors, vibrant and clean, with light, firm tannins and a minty finish. Try slightly chilled. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Some Merlot added to the Cabernet creates a jammy, soft nose and a round, easy mouthfeel. The fruit is pure throughout, with tasty cassis and plum lifted by light tannins. With chocolate and spice on the finish, this is a fine Cabernet for the price.


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Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

The fact that the winersquo;s bouquet is subdued and gentle is a bonus. This version offers some creamy oak character and smooth but simple berry flavors. Not stellar but not bad, either.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Bright purple. Sexy, oak-spiced raspberry and blackberry aromas offers the clarity, intensity and visceral appeal of a $50 Napa wine; subtle floral and herbal qualities build with air. Fleshy and sweet, with deep dark berry liqueur flavors, no obvious tannins and a long, sappy finish. For fans of lush, jammy, fruit-driven wines, this is an absolute no-brainer.


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