Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2009

Merlot from Chile, South America

Price: $24.00 $21.99
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Item No. 109268
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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:
  • 1998
  • WS86
  • 1997
  • WS88
  • 1996
  • WS87
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Winemaker's Notes

This Merlot has a deep, intense red color. On the nose it presents red berries aromas, especially of cherry and strawberries, accompanied by interesting floral notes which are perfectly blended with the coffee and tobacco flavors associated from its twelve months of oak ageing.

On the palate it's a full-bodied wine of soft texture, deliciously plummy fruit flavors and mellow tannins. A wine of great finesse with a long, smooth and pleasant finish

Critical Acclaim

"The 2009 Alpha Merlot contains 15% Carmenere in its blend and spent 12 months in French oak. It proffers an already complex aromatic array of cedar, tobacco, vanilla, violets, incense, blueberry, and black currant. Plush on the palate while maintaining a sense of elegance, this nicely proportioned, pleasure bent Merlot will drink well for another 6-8 years."
90 Points

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 Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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