Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua 2013

The Data

Country   Chile

Appellation   Colchagua

Varietal   Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price   $25

ABV   14.3%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep ruby color.

Aromatics

The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red and black fruits led by blackberry and cassis with black cherry, plum, and a touch of raspberry with a generous dose of brown baking spices, and toasted oak with hints of cigar box.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a rich and jammy fruit-driven core with loads of sexy baking spices and wood accents that are all kept in check by a bright dose of acidity.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with superb balance and great length with rich, chewy tannins.

Cool Factor

A

We are flooded with big reds from South America and most are cheerful and pleasing but the Monte Alpha is much more offering complex, old-world Cab notes with style.

Value Grade

B

This is an upper-tier Chilean Cabernet worthy of your attention and a price tag north of $20.

Analysis

The grapes are sourced from rocky, flat land vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Merlot makes up 10% of the blend with just over half of the wine aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Montes has made Cabernet since the very beginning in 1987. This "Alpha" Cabernet is dry farmed on soil with a heavy clay layer that retains water and allows the vineyard managers to skip irrigation in favorable vintages.

How to Enjoy

This is a food friendly wine in search of rich, braised meats and meat sauces.

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