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2013 Montes Alpha MerlotBlend from Chile

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Alpha Merlot is a dark ruby red in color. Its aromas are intense with the expression of ripe red fruit such as cherries and strawberries, red plums in their juice, and black...

  • 92 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 90 Decanter
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About

92

Plenty of black olive, hazelnut and blackberry. Medium to full body, fine tannins. Bright finish. A beautiful merlot that delivers serious merlot character. Sustainable dry farming. Drink or hold.

90 Decanter

The Alpha range of wines by Montes is reliably good value. This Merlot has super-concentrated cassis on the palate with a touch of dried basil and rosemary and some violet notes. Extremely ripe, sweet and juicy with a full, dense mouthfeel. Gorgeous, but a bit one dimensional. Thankfully the generous acidity prevents this fruit bomb from becoming a cloying mess. Drink alone if your palate is up to it, otherwise soften the impact by drinking with grilled meats or strong cheese.

Product Description:

Alpha Merlot is a dark ruby red in color. Its aromas are intense with the expression of ripe red fruit such as cherries and strawberries, red plums in their juice, and blackcurrant. Twelve months in French oak barrels confer a combination of aromas such as vanilla and mocha that harmonize very well with the fruit, as well as dairy notes, nuts, and sweet spices. The palate is well balanced with soft tannins, very good structure and volume, and a very long and pleasing finish.

Product Detail

Item # 103915
Country Chile
Region Central Valley
Sub-Region Colchagua
Ratings

92 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

90 - Decanter

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV 14.2%
Varietal(s) Merlot, Carmenere
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, mocha, herb, game, strawberry and raspberry
Nose violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha, herb, game, strawberry and raspberry