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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...
Attractive, bright golden yellow in color. The intense, complex nose offers tropical fruit aromas such as pineapple, banana, and ripe mango, while pleasing notes of peaches and pears round out the fruity profile. The coastal climate is very much present in the subtle notes of grapefruit and white asparagus. The French oak also complements the aromatic profile with very elegant and well-integrated toasted notes that recall hazelnut and vanilla. Smooth attack on the palate with perfectly balanced acidity, resulting in a very fresh wine that also has generous volume. This Alpha Chardonnay ends with a long and elegant finish that invites another glass.
The 2014–2015 season can be considered normal in terms of precipitation and the availability of water during the phenological stages that need it most. The winter was quite rainy, and that allowed enough water to accumulate in the soil and irrigation reservoirs. There were no significant spring frosts in any of the areas where we source our Chardonnay. The summer months, January and February, were quite cool, which was very good for producing white varieties. This allowed the vineyard to wait for good aromatic maturity without losing the natural freshness in the grapes. Even so, Montes began harvesting the Chardonnay nearly two weeks earlier than they did in 2014 in order to have a portion that would deliver the freshness we wanted in the final wine. The Chardonnay harvest also ended two weeks earlier than in 2014. This year’s fruit was very good; the bunches were well set and the grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy with crisp, crunchy seeds.
- 92 Points -
A tangy and fresh white with sliced apple, pear and lemon character. Hints of toast. Full body, round texture. Beautiful finish. Light oak use and light maloSee detailed press review
- 92 Points -
The 2014 Chardonnay opens with an exotic edge of butterscotch, vanilla and pineapple aromatics. The weight and mouthfeel is absolutely lovely yielding flavors of roasted pineapple, toasted pine nut and Meyer lemon crème brûlée. Overall, this is another excellent release from Montes.See detailed press review