Montes Twins Red Blend 2012
Other Red Blends from Chile, South America
It's a sensational double bill: wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec, adding up to a wine that's greater than the sum of its parts. A wine of vibrant acidity with layers of plum skin, blueberry and blackberry fruit while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur and its soft tannins provide a specially elegant finish.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Malbec.
Tasting Panel - "A blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet, this juicy lavender-coated red is pure perfume. Spiced cherries and lifted into a string-tight acidity. Hints of earth and dusty tannins take us out of the clouds. Youth rules here."
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 was key to their success. Two decades later, Montes is the fifth most important winery of Chile where Aurelio Montes continues leading the winemaking area with the same passion as the first day. Hard work and total focus on quality has led Montes to be one of the most successful and respected quality-driven wineries in Chile as they continue pioneering and breaking new grounds in wine. View all Montes Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (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. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.3 out of 5 stars
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- 4 Stars: 2
- 3 Stars: 6
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 2
15 ratings, 8 with reviewslow alcohol - Saint Paul, MN45/16/2015
Rich flavor, tannic.tinyfaeri - Media, PA42/12/2015tjowens - Donnelly, ID310/27/2014
- Big & Bold
LauraSR - Philadelphia, PA38/22/201438/18/2014
- Earth & Spicy
This is one of our favorite go to wines.WIll D - Biloxi, MS38/14/2014md4eyes2020 - Roanoke, VA38/6/2014
- Earth & Spicy
a nice wine for the price. Smooth and fruity but sl weak and lacks a good finishLyle Cavin - Moraga, CA38/2/201457/26/2014Great red for the price! Will definitely order again.Mama sue - Holly Grove, AR17/26/2014oyster - Shelocta, PA55/24/2014One of our favorite merlots. Dynamite bargain.Lee Calhoon - Brentwood, CA55/23/2014psmccaffrey - Findlay, OH14/21/2014
- Earth & Spicy
- Pair With
- Pasta > Tomato-base
The cabernet/Malbec mix seemed a good combo when I ordered it. The wine tastes like an unaged party wine. the flavors were there, but the lack of aging kills this winw outright.susan little - San Francisco, CA54/2/2014a fun little cuvee for the moneyMobidude - Alamo, CA22/13/2014
- Big & Bold
The Malbec dominates and crushes the Cab. Not recommended.
- Earth & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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