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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.
out of 12 different wines we went through this past thanksgiving, this was by far the punto final
the lost grape of france-- not merlot but more like a cab franc, De Martino is turning out some of the best wines from the luscious southern soils... unfortunately its pretty hard to find in chile because so much is exported... of all the carmenere's i've had, this is what i get for friends back in the states.. como vino para chocolate, with nice hints of coffee, fluid and silky like the maipo river, from french oak barrels... as the great chilean poet pablo neruda wrote: Wine color of day, wine color of night, wine with your feet of purple or topaz blood, vino, starry child of the earth, vino, smooth as a golden sword, suave, soft como un desordenado terciopelo, as ruffled velvet, vino encaracoladowine spiral-shelled and suspended... (from "Ode to Wine" from "The Essential Neruda")