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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2008
Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 103018)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Full bodied and creamy in the mid palate and very complex. One of the few Chilean whites that will improve over the years.

Vinified with clean must separating three different lots using three different strains of selected yeasts: D', Montrachet and native. Fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 1 year, 40% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. Grapes sourced from Casablanca Valley. The wine remains in its original cask for one year using a monthly batonage to enhance buttery flavors and complexity that emphasizes the union of refined flavors of tropical fruit and aromas.

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About Montes:

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.