Montes Twins Red Blend 2011
Red Blends from Chile, South America
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.
"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. "
Rich & Creamy
Rich taste but not too heavy. No bad after taste. Would buy again.
Smooth & Supple
Excellent red blend, smooth and fruity with a handy screw cap
Eh... was so-so. Not saying it was terrible, but have had better. Probably will not order again. Will look on...
I 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.
Smooth & Supple
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.
Good, so-so wine. Will not buy again. Nothing distictive here.
Earth & Spicy
A bit coarse, but a decent value for the price
Liked this blend. Right down the middle in terms of taste and feel. very drinkable now.
Didn't care for. Harsh; won't buy again.
Smooth & Supple
Pasta, Cheese > Creamy, Meat
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