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2012 Montes Carmenere "Alpha"

Winery: Montes

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Alpha"

Wine Category: Carmenere

Grape blend: 90% Carmenere & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Colchagua Valley

State or country: Chile

Price: $22

Cases produced: 15,000

KWG Score: 91.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: August 28, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Carmenere opens with a pleasant mild blueberry and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty blueberry and mineral blend with hints of cocoa and oak. The finish is dry and its moderate controlled tannins are dry and nicely controlled. I would pair this Carmenere with a New York strip steak. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Montes Alpha Carmenere is a deep ruby-red color with violet highlights. The nose opens with aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries followed by notes of black plums and dried figs, confiture, milk chocolate, mocha, and a light touch of black pepper. Nicely structured and balanced on the palate, with well-rounded tannins and dairy notes leading to a long and pleasing finish. Highly recommended with red meats, stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, lamb chops, and mushroom ravioli.

Organic status: not organic

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