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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...
Impressive deep purplish-red in colour. The nose presents its habitual elegance with outstanding aromas of ripe red and black berries over a backdrop of sweet spices. Dark chocolate and mocha notes from aging in French oak combine with the grape's signature fruity aromas, resulting in a wine with tremendous aromatic complexity. The palate is well structured with soft, ample tannins. Acidity from the Petit Verdot lends juiciness and backbone, qualities that predict excellent evolution and exceptional aging potential. The remarkable finish is elegant and very much in accordance with the nose. An ideal wine to enjoy now or in years to come.
The 2014–2015 season saw normal precipitation levels. Enough rain fell during winter to stock up irrigation reservoirs for the growing season. There were no significant spring frosts in any of the Carmenère plots. Temperatures were particularly high during summer, with historic peaks in March and an average temperature 1.5ºC higher than the past decade. However, grapes reached harvest without any dehydration problems and with balanced alcohol, pH levels and natural acidity. It was a year with considerable luminosity and very good temperatures, which allowed the fruit to develop disease free, with good skins, very good color, and an excellent degree of phenolic ripeness.