Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
#42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
A lively red color is the first clue that the wine before us is very fresh. Its aromatic potency is very well harmonized with its complexity. There's a predominance of red berries, jam, blackcurrant liqueur (creme de cassis), and a juicy sensation of crushed strawberries. Eight months in contact with French oak lend it a certain degree of seriousness, along with a bit of vanilla, smoke, cigar box, and sweet spices. Good balance on the palate with properly rounded tannins that enable this Cabernet Sauvignon to linger long on the palate.
Highly recommended with braised beef with French fries, steak and eggs, paella, cannelloni, and lasagna.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot
Wine Spectator - "There’s minerally freshness to the ripe dark plum, blackberry and cherry flavors, with peppery hints. Well-structured and crisp midpalate, featuring Asian spice and black fig notes on the finish. Drink now through 2020."
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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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
49 ratings, 5 with reviewsallan misk - San Diego, CA41/26/2017
A bit too cloying, a heavy wine. Nice black fruit, earth, and a terrific value.21/25/2017I drink many different varieties of red. I bought this based on the rating. Big mistake. Very, very funky nose. Plastic and sulfur. A bit thin. My bad buying 3 bottles, the other 2 now become cooking wine.Timwoolner - Ilion, NY43/4/2017
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Has excellent body and structure. As good as this wine is now in a couple years this is going to be special. This will be a 5 star wine after a little bit of cellar time, but it will likely be gone by then so buy it while you can. This wine may be a little big for food, but is perfect for that glass of wine after dinner with a cheese plate.Anonymous - Des Plaines, IL51/6/2017Lopez Islander - Lopez Island, WA41/6/2017For the price, this is a really a great wine!Anonymous - Sacramento, CA411/27/2016Philip Smith - Wayland, MA35/10/2017Big Fan - Egg Harbor, WI15/1/2017Jdub5143 - Rochester, NY15/11/201715/10/2017Anonymous - Akron, OH45/6/2017Anonymous - Whippany, NJ45/2/2017Anonymous - New York, NY25/2/2017BobinFl - Merritt Island, FL44/14/2017
- Big & Bold
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- Cheese > Blue
Delicious complexity. Very enjoyable with or without food.34/12/2017Anonymous - Wayne, MI34/2/2017Sharnai Thompson - Pilot Point, TX43/6/2017Anonymous - Collegeville, PA22/27/201742/25/2017Anonymous - Fair Play, MO52/22/201712/17/201732/10/2017Anthony Damico - Jenkintown, PA52/1/2017
- Smooth & Supple
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Anonymous - Reading, MA51/23/2017Anonymous - Troy, NY411/2/2016
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