My first Montes, and it had me hooked

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Brand NameMontes
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Wine NameAlpha M
Vintage (Year)2004
AVAColchagua Valley
EstateLa Finca
Quality/GradeSingle Vineyard
Wine ClassDessert, Red, White
Wine TypeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gruner Veltliner, Vin Santo
Wine GroupsI'll take this with chocolate
Lovely reds
Alcohol %15%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$50 - $100
Site Rating10 (on a scale of 1-10)

I first tasted this wine at the 2007 Philadelphia Wine Festival and was very much moved by it. This was when I was first getting into reds, and while there were many winners there, this meritage had a richness and assortment of flavors that no other wine there had, especially with it not being a port or a Madeira.

While I initially balked at the price of close to $100 per bottle, luckily it was one that they discounted in Pennsylvania due to the Chairman's Selection program.

The wine itself has a flavorful aroma that reminds me of both blackberries and something between nutmeg and cinnamon mixed in, in just the right amounts. The flavor continues, giving you a sense of both well blended wines, and a hint of Caribbean spices that you would most detect in some delectable desserts.

While the wine itself is strong, it isn't too overpowering, and belies something akin for some special occasions, or more if you can afford it.


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