The Super Carmenère of Montes
This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenère, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. In Chile, we consider it our ‘signature’ variety and call it the ‘Jurassic Park’ grape that returned from the past.
Montes were pioneers on the Chilean wine scene when we created our super-premium wines: the Montes Alpha range, and icons Montes Alpha M and Montes Folly. Montes also led the way to quality by planting vineyards on steep hillsides. But we also know when to wait.
Aurelio Montes held back on releasing a Carmenère, preferring to take his time and work with the ‘new’ variety until satisfied that his wine would be a top contender, the very best Montes could produce. It was worth the wait: this beauty (a blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot, aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels) is touched by the wings of an angel ... a purple angel!
2010Wine Spectator93 pointsOct. 20122009Wine Advocate / Robert Parker90 pointsDec. 20122008Wine Advocate / Robert Parker93 pointsFeb. 20122008Wine Enthusiast91 pointsFeb. 20122008Guía Peñín, Spain94 pointsJan. 20122008Wine Spectator90 pointsNov. 2011
2007Wine Advocate94 pointsDec. 20102007Wine Spectator91 pointsOct. 20102006International Wine Review94 pointsFeb. 20102006Wine Enthusiast92 pointsSep. 20092006Wine Spectator91 pointsMay 20092005New Zealand International Wine ShowGold MedalDec. 2008
2005Wine Advocate92 pointsOct. 20082005Wine News92 pointsAug. / Sept 20082005Wine Enthusiast91 pointsMay 20082004Wine Spectator90 pointsMay 20072004Luxury Web95 pointsApr. 2007
Wine and Food Attributes
Gentle tannin, red berries, cigar box.
This is such a beautifully textured wine, the dish deserves spice to play with the black pepper notes, Steak au Poivre, for example.