Saturday, 6 November 2010

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Curico Valley

Tasted 6/10 and 9/10. c. £9-£11, Majestic, Tesco, etc.
This is the third tier on the Montes hierarchy - one up from their riserva. It is difficult to fault this wine - both in terms of quality and value for money. This wine is an excellent demonstration of what Chile can do really well. If any of your friends or guests are doubtful about Chilean wine, ask them to try this. I recently gave this 18/20. The quality of the wine making shows through - excellent clean, forward berries fruit with a lovely 'New World' capsicum nose, with toasted notes and cassis. Very good finish, excellent balance - drink now. For the red wine drinker, I can't think of a better value wine generally available in the UK. I guess it's selected parcels of young vines. I am not sure if it will age but who cares? 17.5 to 18/20
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