Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2010 Front Label
Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2010 Front Label

Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2010

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carménerè.

Our Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère has a beautiful and intense ruby red color, combined with very elegant aromas, notes of chocolate, cigar box, coffee, vanilla and butterscotch while on the mouth it shows wild blueberries and blackberries flavors. A medium to full bodied wine. On the palate it is ample, soft and generous, with the subtle spiciness typical of the Carmenère variety and long aftertaste. Aged in French oak for six month for added complexity and elegance.

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The 2010 Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) – Carmenere (30%) spent 6 months in American oak. It offers a bit more complexity than the two preceding wines in its alluring nose of cedar, lavender, Asian spices, incense, blackberry, and blueberry. In the glass it exhibits a firm structure, plush fruit, excellent balance, and a fruit-filled finish. This outstanding value is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but there is no reason to defer gratification. It should continue to provide pleasure over the next 5-6 years.
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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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Dramatic geographic and climatic changes from west to east make Chile an exciting frontier for wines of all styles. Chile’s entire western border is Pacific coastline, its center is composed of warm valleys and on its eastern border, are the soaring Andes Mountains.

Chile’s central valleys, sheltered by the costal ranges, and in some parts climbing the eastern slopes of the Andes, remain relatively warm and dry. The conditions are ideal for producing concentrated, full-bodied, aromatic reds rich in black and red fruits. The eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry—is home to intense red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

The Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys specialize in Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends as well as Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape.

Chilly breezes from the Antarctic Humboldt Current allow the coastal regions of Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley to focus on the cool climate loving varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chile’s Coquimbo region in the far north, containing the Elqui and Limari Valleys, historically focused solely on Pisco production. But here the minimal rainfall, intense sunlight and chilly ocean breezes allow success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata in the south make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile sometime in the 1550s. One fun fact about Chile is that its natural geographical borders have allowed it to avoid phylloxera and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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