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2013 Montes Carmenere "Purple Angel"

Winery: Montes

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Purple Angel"

Wine Category: Carmenere

Grape blend: 92% Carmenere & 8% Petite Verdot

Region: Colchagua Valley

State or country: Chile

Price: $85

Cases produced: 15,000

KWG Score: 92.7 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 26, 2016

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Carmenere based wine opens with a musty black cherry and new tire rubber like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black currant with notes of black olive along with hints of minerality and a touch of oak. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are nicely prolonged. This Carmenere is an interesting wine and not traditional at all. Our tasting group suggested pairing it with a slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Intense carmine red in color with tremendous aromatic potency and a predominance of ripe red and black fruit, dairy notes, and a certain contribution of sweet spices, biscuits, and pastries. 18 months in oak barrels contributed aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, nutmeg, and toast that harmonize very well with the ripe fruit. The palate has good structure, is correctly balanced, and has very well-rounded tannins in perfect harmony with the acidity from the 8% Petit Verdot in the final blend. It is creamy and lush with a long and persistent finish. Flavorful and very much in synch with its aromatic side. Decant at least 1 hour and then pair with red meats, lamb chops with rosemary, pork ribs, and cannelloni.

Organic status: not organic

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