Montes - Purple Angel - Carmenere

92 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
Montes - Purple Angel - Carmenere - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Montes - Purple Angel - Carmenere

92 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
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With this vintage, Purple Angel shows a deep, carmine-red colour, typical of Carmenère. The aromas are complex, with pronounced black fruit, like blackberry and ripe blueberries. There is also dried plum, cooked cherries, and candied fruit. Its 18 months in French oak gives a complex nose of toasted aromas, nuts, sweet spice and touches of dairy and vanilla. On the palate, the flavours follow on from the aromas, with sensations of dark fruit and dairy well balanced with the toast. It is finely balanced, with good body and a long finish.
Ripe berry aromas are supported by notes of coffee, mocha, smouldering charcoal, and baking spices. A flush palate brings the fruit in quantity, while the flavours are all about quality and emphasize blackened, spicy blackberry, mocha, and toast. Given that 2016 was a tough year for red wines in Chile, this is a big success.
The bottle of the 2015 Purple Angel looks like a magnum, but it's only big, like the wine it contains. This is a ripe, heady and generously oaked blend of Carmenere with 8% Petit Verdot that has abundant herbal and spicy aromas and flavors. It matured in brand new French barriques for 18 months. So you can imagine it's going to be quite oaky, and the texture shows some grainy tannins that are going to require some more time in bottle to get polished. It finishes dry, with some astringency.
If you feel like a big, ripe and well-oaked red, the 2014 Purple Angel is for you. It's super-premium Carmenere with some 8% Petit Verdot. Very dark, opaque, brooding and dense, it boasts plenty of balsamic and smoky aromas and a powerful palate with fine-grained, abundant tannins. There are tons of black fruits and spices from the 18 months in spent in brand new French oak barrels
Like the name suggests, this Carmenère is opaque purple in colour, with earthy, complex aromas of graphite, char, and herbal black currant. The palate is, not surprisingly, saturated, and dense. Flavours of toasty, minty black fruits are charred, while the finish tastes roasted, heavily oaked and blackened.
Type:
Red
Country:
Chile
Region:
Colchagua Valley
Producer:
Montes
Grapes/Blend:
Carmenere, Verdejo
ABV:
14.5%

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Montes is a renowned wine producer based in Chile, known for their exceptional quality wines that are produced using traditional methods. The history of Montes dates back to 1987 when Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded the winery...

Montes is a renowned wine producer based in Chile, known for their exceptional quality wines that are produced using traditional methods. The history of Montes dates back to 1987 when Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded the winery with the aim of producing premium wines that would showcase the unique terroir of Chile.

Montes is known for their innovative approach to winemaking, which involves using modern techniques to produce wines that are both elegant and complex. The winery is located in the Colchagua Valley, which is known for its ideal climate and soil conditions for growing grapes.

Montes produces a range of wines, including their signature Montes Alpha range, which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. These wines are known for their rich, full-bodied flavors and complex aromas, which are a result of the careful selection of grapes and the use of oak barrels for aging.

In addition to their Montes Alpha range, the winery also produces a range of other wines, including their Montes Folly, which is a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and their Montes Purple Angel, which is a blend of Carmenere and Petit Verdot. These wines are known for their intense flavors and aromas, which are a result of the unique blend of grapes used in their production.

Montes is committed to sustainable winemaking practices, which includes using organic and biodynamic farming methods to produce their grapes. This commitment to sustainability is reflected in the quality of their wines, which are known for their purity and depth of flavor.

Overall, Montes is a producer that is known for their exceptional quality wines, innovative winemaking techniques, and commitment to sustainability. Their wines are a true reflection of the unique terroir of Chile, and are sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur.

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