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Viña Montes is a modern-day success story. Started in only 1988, Montes has quickly realized the dream of its founders: pioneering the production of premium quality, “first-growth” Chilean wine respected by critics and trade, while elevating the winemaking profile of Chile on the world stage. Reaching such lofty goals in a very short period of time makes one wonder if the original founders Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand had an angel watching over their...
Deep and striking carmine red in color with high aromatic potential and a predominance of ripe red and black fruits, plums in their juice, blueberries, ripe cherries, preserved fruit, and a hint of sweet spices. French oak lends a well-balanced aromatic contribution with toasted notes and a bit of fresh-ground coffee in the background. The palate is smooth, ample, and persistent, with round tannins and good structure.
Harvest Period: May 8–24. The 2012–2013 season was cooler than normal in all of Chile’s wine regions, which delayed the onset of budbreak and flowering with respect to the previous season. December was rather cold and registered precipitation in the central zone, which resulted in a vigorous elongation of the berries, which in turn tended to make the bunches heavier. A cold January not only delayed veraison, but extended its duration. Furthermore, precipitation put the most sensitive varieties at risk. The Carmenère presented loose bunches that hung freely from the vines, which made them less susceptible to the effects of freestanding water on the surface of the berries. February presented days with high temperature peaks that put the grapes at a ripeness level that was very close to that of 2012 on the same date.
- 93 Points -
Can they do no wrong? Let's not jinx it. This Carmenere (aka Merlot) is incredibly concentrated rich and deep with fleshy black plums that you can dive head first into. Wow. This wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Another phenomenal wine from Montes.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
Kim Marcus, May 2016
Rich and ripe, with notes of paprika and cardamom the toe dark plum, dried berry and roasted cherry flavors. The peppery finish is supported by firm tannins and features dark chocolate details.See detailed press review