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Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
On the nose the Montes Alpha Chardonnay is a powerful and fruity wine that showcases the wonderful character of its premium Casablanca Chardonnay grapes. Banana, pineapple and tropical fruits become evident on the mouth, accompanied by a well integrated French oak that adds elegance to the wine without covering its flavors. The finish is long and very pleasant.
A wine of great softness and creaminess that maintains the characteristic freshness of the Casablanca Valley.
"The 2009 Alpha Chardonnay was fermented and aged sur lie with batonnage for 12 months in French oak with 40% of the wine put through malolactic fermentation. Notions of pear, white fruits, and buttered popcorn inform the nose of a layered, creamy-textured wine with nicely integrated oak, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Drink this classy effort over the next 3-4 years."
The Wine Advocate
"A little flat and resiny on first take, with a lot of toast and oaky sweetness to the nose. The palate is propped up by citrusy acidity, which adds sweet fruit and spice flavors. Citrusy acids are the key to keeping this oaky wine's head above water."
With the release of the first Montes Alpha wine back in 1988, Montes became one of the first premium wineries of Chile. Their premise, a clear belief that Chile had an untapped potential as a producer of quality wines, made them a benchmark for other wineries to follow. Its original four partners' total involvement and the continuous help of the angels that decorate their labels...Read More About Montes
Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south - also why the country has remained phylloxera free....Read More About Chile
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...Read More About Chardonnay
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