viña montes - chile - tasting notes

a wonderful tour at viña montes today at apalta in the colchagua valley.  our guide pamela mujica was really first class, super informative, and very caring to give us the best tasting conditions.

the winery was absolutely amazing:  super modern with state of the art equipment yet designed according to the feng shui principles of harmony with nature and it's environement.  the whole wine making process is organised around gravity and attention to details at each step is second to none to produce top quality wines.  they even play beautiful gregorian chants in their cellars to impart some of that elegant energy to the wines as they age in new oak.

the vineyard is no less handled with care and attention.  not only that the vines are carefully trimmed and treillised in a stuning landscape but each plot is carefully studied to plant only the best variety for the specific characteristics of the terroir and optimize the character of the resulting wines.

our tasting notes, as always are based on the wset systematic approach for diploma level:

sauvignon blanc 2007 - leyda vineyard

pale lime flesh color; medium intensity aromas of grass, gooseberries, exotic fruits - lychee, passion fruit, hints of melon; refreshing acidity, medium (+) intensity flavours of fresh cut grass, gooseberries, passion fruit; medium lenght and succulent mouth watering finish.

cabernet sauvignon & carmenere 2006 - apalta vineyard rich ruby color w/ purple reflections; medium (+) intensity aromas of dark forest fruits, chocolate, coffee, spices, hints of mint & eucalyptus - lots going at each round; medium (-) acidity, medium (-) round ripe tannins, medium (+) intensity flavours of dark fruits, liquorice, tar, coffee, mint. a medium lenght w/ complex finish

montes alpha cabernet sauvignon 2005 - apalta vineyard rich ruby color; medium intensity (subtle & elegant) aromas of dark fruits - blackcurrent, black berries, blueberries, spices, pine, forest; medium (-) acidity, medium ripe tannins, medium intensity flavours of dark fruits, coffee, spices, pine. medium lenght & complex finish. wonderful & elegant.

montes alpha syrah 2006 - apalta vineyard medium purple color; medium elegant intensity aromas of young fruits cassis, blueberries, blackberries, white pepper, light spices; medium acidity, medium tannins, medium intensity flavours of ripe blueberries & blackberries, light spices. soft, subtle. juicy & succulent. medium (-) lenght & surprisingly simple finish

montes folly syrah 2005 - apalta vineyard ruby color with purple reflections; medium (+) intensity aromas blueberries, blackberries, liquorice, sweet spices, mint - very complex; medium acidity, medium ripe & round tannins, blackberries, spices, black pepper, sweet spices, mint. medium lenght and complex finish

purple angel 2005 - apalta (92 carmenere) medium ruby color; medium intensity aromas of blueberries, coffee, spices, mint; medium (-) acidity, medium (-) round tannins, medium intensity flavours of blackberries, spices, mint, coffee. medium lenght & complex finish. delightful