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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...
- 94 Points -
Josh Raynolds, February 2017
(raised for two years in 100 percent new French oak barrels) Brilliant ruby-red. Potent black currant, cherry liqueur, vanilla and potpourri aromas are complicated by an exotic Indian spice nuance that builds steadily with aeration. Supple, round and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit, cola, mocha and floral pastille flavors and a hint of smokiness. Finishes sappy, smooth and extremely long, displaying harmonious tannins and a late jolt of flowers. There's a robust 15 percent alcohol driving this flamboyant wine.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
I tasted no less than three vintages of the top of the range, rare Cabernet-based blend, starting with the 2009 Taita. There is always some 15% of other grapes, not necessarily the same every year (usually Syrah), but the grapes always come from a special three-hectare vineyard in Marchigüe on granite soils that allow for dry farming. The grapes underwent a one-week cold soak and then fermented, trying to avoid excessive extraction. It matured in new French barriques for two years and for four years in bottle before its release. It's a powerful and ripe red, with 15% alcohol and moderate acidity. There are salty sensations of cured meat and ripe black fruit, very balsamic, with notes of cigar ash and spices, quite influenced by the élevage. The palate is full-bodied with abundant, grainy tannins that are still at the forefront.See detailed press review