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Montes Alpha "M" 2015 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [WS 95, #59 Top 100 of 2019]
Montes Alpha "M" 2015 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 96]

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Winery: Montes
Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: MONTESALPHAM15-W

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Notes about the Winery:
Viña Montes is a modern-day success story. Started in only 1988, Montes has quickly realized the dream of its founders: pioneering the production of premium quality, “first-growth” Chilean wine respected by critics and trade, while elevating the winemaking profile of Chile on the world stage.
Reaching such lofty goals in a very short period of time makes one wonder if the original founders Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand had an angel watching over their endeavour. The team at Montes believes they do. In fact, the Montes angel featured prominently on its labels represents a guardian spirit behind Montes’ continued success, and symbolizes the communal spirit among members of the Viña Montes “family”.
Celestial intervention aside, Montes has also achieved its great success through leading, not following. From its inception, Montes has been an innovator in the Chilean wine industry. While other wineries planted their vineyards on the valley floor, Montes planted on the hillsides, employing drip irrigation. This resulted in smaller yield, higher quality grapes; ideal for creating wines like Montes’ signature Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon. Montes was also the first to plant Syrah in Colchagua, the source of its award-winning Folly. More recently, the winery has made a strong commitment to sustainability, employing dry farming techniques at its vineyards. Vines are irrigated naturally by the winter rains, receiving only minimal supplemental irrigation in low precipitation years. This decreased Montes’ water usage by nearly 65%, setting a new benchmark for Chilean wineries.
Through great sacrifice, hard work, and a dedication to quality over quantity, Montes has been able to take its wines to the four corners of the globe, showcasing the best Chile has to offer to wine lovers worldwide. Share in the Montes dream, and experience a taste of heaven in every glass.

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - James Suckling:
"This is a powerful and rich red with so much density and power yet there's an underlying freshness and energy. Hints of vanilla and walnuts. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Better in 2022 but impressive already." - (18 Feb, 2018)

95 Points & #59 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Rich, robust and lusciously spiced, with concentrated dark cherry, plum and boysenberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Intense midpalate minerality is followed by a finish loaded with chocolate and cream notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 4,500 cases made, 500 cases imported." — KM

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