Montes Alpha Series Carmenere 2011

Carmenere from Chile, South America

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Item No. 127612
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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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Winemaker's Notes

Deep and live ruby red color. The wine has a very elegant and evident Carmenère typicity, showing lovely black pepper aromas with hints of red berries, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and black plums. In the mouth is distinctively smooth, with rounded and soft tannins. Long finish. The oak is beautifully integrated and balanced.

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Rating:
(6/1/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Having lived in Chile off and on for years, it's a delight to be able to get Montes' Alpha Series--be it their Malbec, Cab, Syrah or Carmenere--so easily back here in the States. Definitely the best overall bottle of any Chilean red varietal in the $20 range. Their Malbec even stands out against ones on the other side of the Andes. Each vintage of Montes' Carmenere is consistent with the vitality of their vineyards, Deep ruby red, rustic but so smooth, just the right amount of typical Carmenere spice on the palette, flushed by juicy raspberries and chocolate, yummy but not too sweet to take away from the ernest earthen flavor that grounds the wine.
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Rating:
(7/18/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
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Learn About Montes Map ItMap It

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 Carmenere

Carmenere(car-men-YEHR) Chilean Jewel Carmenere is yet another grape that was eventually exiled from the Bordeaux blend. In the late 1800's, Carmenere was brought over to Chile from France, and it never turned back. For a while, Chilean growers thought this grape was Merlot and labeled their wines as such. But in the early nineties, thanks to DNA...

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