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Reticent on the nose with sweet aromas of coffee and cola plus a hint of rhubarb. This gains nice subtle nuance with some air. A bit tightly knit i... Read more
A hint of VA greets the nose followed by rather wooly, vaguely animal notes and plenty of shaved bitter chocolate all piled up over dried red berry... Read more
Awesome blend of Cab Sauv and the mythical Carmenere from Chile. Maybe my best value wine ever. Super smooth and complex beyond my descriptive abil... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Viña Montes Sauvignon Blanc Curicó Valley Classic Series
Reticent on the nose with sweet aromas of coffee and cola plus a hint of rhubarb. This gains nice subtle nuance with some air. A bit tightly knit in the mouth, this is not a big wine but it shows a bit of firmness to the tannins. There are nicely layers of flavor here, dried herbs, well judged oak, soft warm red plum and cherry fruit. It's all knit together very well if in an unassuming package. The finish is fairly long, and show a lovely edge of sour berry fruits and nice ripe fruit tannins with just a hint of vanilla. Subtle and elegant. 88pts
A hint of VA greets the nose followed by rather wooly, vaguely animal notes and plenty of shaved bitter chocolate all piled up over dried red berry fruits. On entry, this is rather focused and elegant; but it balloons in the mouth, revealing impressive concentration and depth. The fruit remains youthful but not fruity and while the oak is prominent, it’s balanced out by the fruit. This grows into a rich, almost chewy wine with a nice blend of roasted coffee bean, toasty spice and nuanced herb notes all accenting the subtle fruit. The finish is dark, spicy and oily, recalling coffee beans and licorice with a peppery spice on the finale. 91pts
Awesome blend of Cab Sauv and the mythical Carmenere from Chile. Maybe my best value wine ever. Super smooth and complex beyond my descriptive abilities but theres some chocolately/vanilla/butterscotch flavs happening here that made it perfect with the dark chocolate we had on the boat after a sail on the Gulf of Mexico. Cheers!
An absolute adventure of smooth and dark combinations. Something new! Very, very special, has to be learned a bit. Choose it´s place on the tounge with care. Butterscotch. Overripe cherries hiding in a smoky leather darkness. Burnt vanilla. Best value I have bought.
Heavy peppery sharp nose, not much fruit, a little bit of licorice. The body is equally sharply defined, with vegetative and barrel notes. A little bit of strawberry fruit in the finish. Kind of a punkish/goth wine personality wise.
Inky purple almost opaque, very dense. On the nose, chocolate, mocha, coffee, blackberry and black cherry, hints of sage. Moderate plus tart acidity, dry with moderate very well-integrated alcohol, high intensity of fruit, full body, flavors of dense black stewed fruits, cassis, mulberry a touch of prune, bilberry or blueberry. Black fruits very nice, not too overtly fruity. High tannins a bit astringent, a hint of greenness and a long finish.
I love malbec but have recently discovered Alpha Carmenere- and WOW. Aurelio Montes has never let me down as this is no exception. Very concentrated with a unique spice I couldn't quite place. Hints of black cherry and ripe plum brought to a nice long finish. I can't wait for the next vintage.
Was really curious over the great reviews for the Purple Angels, but after buying one myself, found it to be just good, not legendary... had all the must-haves for a Carmenere though... pretty decent
<Aroma> Dark Fruit, Oak <Mouth> Full, Sour, Dry
External Reviews for Viña Montes Sauvignon Blanc Curicó Valley Classic Series
Dark and roasted, with lots of espresso, tobacco and bittersweet cocoa flavors layered with plum sauce and black currant notes. Sage and espresso linger through the finish. For fans of the heftier style. Drink now through 2012. 2,600 cases imported. -JM
"Deep and live ruby red color. The wine has a very elegant and evident Carmenère tipicity
WA 91 Pts. - According to the Wine Advocate: The 2008 Alpha Carmenere is a glass-coating opaque purple with a nose of damp earth, mineral, sage, thyme, tobacco, and blueberry. Dense and full-bodied on the palate, it reveals layers of ripe fruit, lots of spice, and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. It will deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2020.
The 2008 Alpha Carmenere is a glass-coating opaque purple with a nose of damp earth, mineral, sage, thyme, tobacco, and blueberry. Dense and full-bodied on the palate, it reveals layers of ripe fruit, lots of spice, and enough structure to evolve...
WA 94pts. - According to the Wine Advocate: The 2007 Purple Angel is a blend of Carmenere and Petit Verdot that might be the only competition for Terrunyo s Carmin de Peumo for top Carmenere-based wine in Chile. Purple/black in color, it displays a splendid nose of exotic spices, herbs, lavender, incense, blueberry, and blackberry. Dense, chewy, and opulent on the palate, this is a rich, already complex offering that is meant strictly for pleasure-seekers. Enjoy it from 2013-2022.
The 2007 Alpha Carmenere is a superb rendition of this fascinating grape variety. A saturated purple in color, it has a superb aromatic array of spice, lavender, incense, smoke, and blueberry. Layered, plush, and concentrated, it has excellent depth and grip, enough well-hidden structure to evolve for several years, and a long, fruit filled finish. Drink it from 2012 to 2020. Fans of this Chilean specialty should be thrilled because this wine is well made and complete. Mint, plum, blackberry, cola and fine leather grace the nose, while the palate sings with forward but balanced black fruit and tobacco flavors. Elevated Carmenère; great for the faithful as well as newcomers. - M.S. Solid, with juicy black cherry, currant, bramble and roasted vanilla notes. Theres nice grip on the finish. Drink now through 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,000 cases made. -JM
Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 89 points by Wine Advocate: The 2010 Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) - Carmenere (30%) spent 6 months in American oak. It offers a bit more complexity than the two preceding wines in its alluring nose of cedar, lavender, Asian spices, incense, blackberry, and blueberry. In the glass it exhibits a firm structure, plush fruit, excellent balance, and a fruit-filled finish. This outstanding value is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but there is no reason to defer gratification. It should continue to provide pleasure over the next 5-6 years.
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