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Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Chile
  • RP89
  • WE88
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Winemaker Notes

On the nose the Montes Alpha Chardonnay is a powerful and fruity wine that showcases the wonderful character of its premium Casablanca Chardonnay grapes. Banana, pineapple and tropical fruits become evident on the mouth, accompanied by a well integrated French oak that adds elegance to the wine without covering its flavors. The finish is long and very pleasant.

A wine of great softness and creaminess that maintains the characteristic freshness of the Casablanca Valley.

Critical Acclaim

RP 89
The Wine Advocate

The 2009 Alpha Chardonnay was fermented and aged sur lie with batonnage for 12 months in French oak with 40% of the wine put through malolactic fermentation. Notions of pear, white fruits, and buttered popcorn inform the nose of a layered, creamy-textured wine with nicely integrated oak, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Drink this classy effort over the next 3-4 years.

WE 88
Wine Enthusiast

A little flat and resiny on first take, with a lot of toast and oaky sweetness to the nose. The palate is propped up by citrusy acidity, which adds sweet fruit and spice flavors. Citrusy acids are the key to keeping this oaky wine's head above water.

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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.

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A superior source of Californian wine beloved by Burgundy fans...

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A superior source of Californian wine beloved by Burgundy fans, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, western most sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation in Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil, grapes ripen just enough, retaining brisk acidity and demonstrating saline minerality and harmonious balance.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

CWC946904_2009 Item# 107634

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