Montes, Alpha M Apalta Vineyard 2014

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Colchagua Valley

  • ABV:

    15.00%

  • Grape:

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Grape Blend:

    Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Merlot 5%

  • Vegan:

    Y

  • Winemaker:

    �Aurelio Montes Baseden

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Montes Alpha M Apalta Vineyard 2014 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This wine is very deep, intense, ruby-red in colour. The nose is perfumed and complex with aromas of ripe red and black fruits over subtle notes of crème de cassis, tobacco, and leather. Spice aromas of red and black pepper mingle with cinnamon and dark chocolate notes. The palate is smooth but structured, with silky tannins.

Production Notes

Grapes underwent a meticulous dual sorting process in the winery, once by machine using camera eyes to reject less than perfect grapes and once by hand. Only perfect berries made the final cut for this wine. Fruit underwent cold soaking for 10 days to extract aroma and colour, before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for eight days. Following this, the wine spent 15-20 days on its skins to enhance structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months.

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Producer Profile

Today, Chilean wine, and quality wine at that, is everywhere. It’s easy to forget that wasn’t always the case. Back in the late 1980s when Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded their winery, Chile was suffering through the final years of the Pinochet dictatorship and demand for wine in Chile was flagging. Chilean wines were sold mostly in Chile at the time, and were not known to be of particularly high quality. But Montes and Murray, along with partners, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand developed what would become Vina Montes to not only produce quality Chilean wines for consumption at home, but also for the export market. They recognized the potential of granitic soils on the slopes of the Apalta Mountains in western Colchagua Valley and planted the area to French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. They rigorously selected quality fruit and aged their wine in new French oak. In 1998 they released their Bordeaux-style red blend, Montes Alpha M. They fearlessly planted Syrah on steep, windy slopes and soon released Montes Folly (the name is a nod to skeptics who thought Syrah was sure to fail). The final icon wine released by Montes was their Purple Angel, a rich and ripe Carmenere. After more than 25 years of winemaking, vineyard plantings stretch across the Colchagua Valley and include estates in Apalta, Curico, and Marchigüe. They have forged relationships with winegrowers in Leyda. Most recently, vineyard sites have grown to include Zapellar, a cool, coastal area 112 miles north of Santiago. Dynamic is the word that comes to mind to describe the efforts at Montes. ( Profile from Pull that Cork)