Sunday, May 29, 2005

Montes Alpha 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon - another Chilean wine from the Colchagua Valley

Montes AlphaMore or less by coincidence, the Chilean wine I had this evening was from the same area as the one I had earlier in the month – that is, the Colchagua Valley. This one was great and I’ll be looking for it again.

A bit of internet searching reveals a very good web site that goes into some detail on the Colchagua Valley, among others in Chili. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère are apparently the grapes that are predominantly grown in this valley.

This wine had a pretty good shelf-talker at the nearby World Market store. It was specifically raving about the 2001 but the rack was filled with both 2001 and 2002. Given that all the chatter was about the 2001, I got that one.

There’s a great write-up online already at the ‘wine lovers page’ web site, so check it out. It’s rings very true to my experience with the wine this evening.

About $16.99 (Austin)
I like this one a lot. “Fruit forward” with big ripe black currant fruit tastes, long finish. 14% alcohol.

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