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Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2009

Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Chile, South America

Price: $24.00 $15.99
Save $8.01 (33%)
Item No. 107634
  • RP89
  • WE88
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • ST86

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
89 Points

"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."
88 Points

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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...

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Learn About Chile

(CHEE-lay) 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....

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, 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...

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