Montes Alpha M 2005
|Region||Chile, Colchagua, Santa Cruz|
Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage yet for this winery's flagship wine. Best from 2009 through 2015. 4,500 cases made.
The 2005 Alpha M is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. Purple-colored, it offers a classic Pauillac-like nose of pain grille, vanilla, tobacco, earth notes, black currant, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied wine which maintains a sense of elegance. Layered with plenty of ripe fruit, there is enough tannin to support 5-7 years of further bottle aging. Well balanced with a long, firm finish, the Alpha M should be at its best from 2015 to 2030. Under the enlightened leadership of Aurelio Montes, the Montes winery remains one of the standard-bearers for Chilean wines. The Carmenere-based Purple Angel is one of the two or three best of its type; the Folly is arguably Chile's finest Syrah, and the Montes Alpha M one of the Cabernet-based icons.
Who said Chile doesn't make cellar-worthy reds? This vintage of Montes Alpha M is well-oaked, strapped and structured. Early attackers will find coconut, mocha and chocolate running the show, but if you hold the wine for another two to five years, it will likely settle, balance out and become an excellent model for what is high-end Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (with 20% other Bordeaux grapes).
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