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Montes "Purple Angel" 2004 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [RP 91] [AG 90+] [WS 90]
Montes "Purple Angel" 2004 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [RP 91]


 
 

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Winery: Montes
Varietal: 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot
Region: Colchagua, Rapel Valley, Chile
Vintage: 2004
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: MONTESPURPLEANGEL04-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Purple Angel is a blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot from the Colchagua Valley. Of this, half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing sophistication and elegance to the blend (the Petit Verdot also comes from this vineyard). The other half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ Archangel Estate in Marchigue, adding potency and strength.

Tasting Notes:
Purple Angel has an intense purple color with distinctive and delicate hints of chocolate and cigar box aromas.
The Carmenère grapes coming from our Apalta estate provide elegance and spiciness along with chocolate, vanilla and tobacco aromas, fruit of the combination of dark fruit flavors.

The Petit Verdot (from Apalta) adds structure and at the same time the wildness of black berries with the Carmenère from Marchigue adding spicy and lively hints to this very special wine.

On the mouth, it is full bodied, with a considerably amount of ripe tannins giving grip and structure to this lovely wine. Mouth filling with a very long finish.

Winemaking:
Grapes are carefully hand picked. The clusters go through a grape by grape selection made by hand with a team of 14 people, in which only good fruit is allowed into the tank. During the 18 months of barrel aging in new French oak barrels, the wine is racked 3 times to get rid of lees, and allow some oxygen to interfere in the evolution and maturation of this wine.

When the final blend is made, if the wine is totally clear, and has no microbiological pressure, there is no need for filtration or fining….so the wine goes unfiltered to the bottling process.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2004 Purple Angel is composed of 92% Carmenere (a notoriously fickle grape) and 8% Petit Verdot and spent 18 months in new French oak. This purple-colored wine offers intense toasty blueberry aromas with a hint of green olives in the background. On the palate the wine is thick and rich, with layers of flavor and a long, pure finish. Allow it to evolve for a year or two and drink it through 2020." - Jay S Miller (28th Jun 2007)

90+ Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
(includes 8% petit verdot) Opaque violet. Ripe cherry, blueberry and plum aromas pick up smoked meat and underbrush nuances with air; this offers very impressive aromatic complexity. Restrained and nicely balanced, offering fresh dark berry fruit and lightly dusty tannins. Finishes with good cut, lift and tangy persistence. I'd hold off on opening this for a few years." - Josh Raynolds (Mar 2008)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A bit pumped up with flashy toast, but shows solid raspberry and blackberry fruit, with mocha, tobacco and mineral notes on the long, nicely integrated finish. Drink now "through 2008. 2,000 cases made." – JM (May 15, 2007)

89 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Bold and serious Carmenère at the highest level of extraction and price is what Purple Angel from Montes is all about. The nose has earth, tobacco and plenty of oak, while the raspberry, red plum and licorice flavors that characterize the palate make themselves noticed. A tiny bit of green pepper and vanilla on the finish sing to the varietal and the barrel. With 8% Petit Verdot." - Michael Schachner (9/1/2007)

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