Montes Twins Red Blend 2011
Other Red Blends from Chile, South America
Meet the twins: a masterstroke of varietal blending from Chile's winemaking legend, Aurelio Montes. On their own, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon shine, but when paired up, these two classic varieties complement each other perfectly. It's a sensational double bill: wonderful richness, structure and fruit from the Cabernet, with smooth, velvety texture from the Malbec. These varieties add up to a wine that's greater than the sum of its parts, while the oak aging contributes with subtle notes of vanilla and liqueur, and its soft tannins provide an especially elegant finish.
Tasting Panel - "This 50% Malbec, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (hence, the "twins") is a magnificent blackberry, licorice and spiced specimen of tightly wound Cab and velvet-gloved Malbec. The bodies are textured and in motion, empowered by grace and elegance. "
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 }div>3 out of 5 stars
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- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 8
- 2 Stars: 3
- 1 Stars: 1
19 ratings, 9 with firstname.lastname@example.org - North Platte, NE33/23/2014Eh... was so-so. Not saying it was terrible, but have had better. Probably will not order again. Will look on...Love that wine - Mcallen, TX33/5/2014I do not open my wines until they have rested at least 30 days. Many of the negative commentaries are mellowed after that time. Still, nothing amazing and there are better wines.Bob Carbonaro - Summerville, SC43/2/2014
Rich taste but not too heavy. No bad after taste. Would buy again.KERRI BIGLEY - Lewisville, TX22/24/2014VINEROOT - Houston, TX111/27/2013Didn't care for. Harsh; won't buy again.corobinson - Oneonta, AL21/12/2014elviaje26 - Portland, OR312/28/2013commonguywinedrinker - Braintree, MA312/4/2013
- Rich & Creamy
Pretty good for an 8$ bottle of juice. Usually with a cheaper wine we tend to notice a harsher alcohol ending. Not so with this one. The initial smell was a bit strong but wasn't part of the flavor. Will buy again.Raffaele Bonetti - Eagle Pass, TX411/14/2013
- Smooth & Supple
arun_v24 - Young America, MN410/21/2013gatorbait38 - Mobile, AL39/10/2013munizrick - Washington, DC59/10/2013Kathleen MacLennan - Parker, CO48/20/2013
- Smooth & Supple
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Excellent red blend, smooth and fruity with a handy screw capRobert Duffy - Sparta, NC38/15/2013Good, so-so wine. Will not buy again. Nothing distictive here.Robin Davidson - Providence, RI28/10/2013Andy007 - Katy, TX38/3/2013
- Smooth & Supple
A bit coarse, but a decent value for the priceStephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT38/2/2013Liked this blend. Right down the middle in terms of taste and feel. very drinkable now.himay - Minneapolis, MN47/18/2013frank9 - Yonkers, NY45/3/2013
- 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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