Montes Alpha M 2005

$89.99
$80.99

SKU 34852

750ml

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This wine, richer in colour and with intense character, shows the elegance of the grapes of our Apalta estate. The wine has soft and rounded solid tannins that will allow it to be cellared for many years. A well balanced structure and perfect integration with the French new oak barrels. It has a delightful long lingering finish.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Chile
Region Colchagua
Appellation Santa Cruz
Brand Montes
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorVery 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.

James Molesworth, 2008
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 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.

Jay Miller, October 2008
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Wine EnthusiastWho 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).

Michael Schachner, May 1, 2008

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