Adelaida Paso Robles Grenache 2011
Free Shipping on 6 or MoreQtyRobert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 15% Merlot and offers a simple black currant, vanilla and violet bouquet that is joyful and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin, crisp raspberry and dark cherry fruit, zesty acidity and lovely focus on the finish. At this price, it would be hard to find a better Cabernet. Drink now-2016.
Montes was founded in 1987 and became one of the first wineries to exploit the hillsides to make premium Chilean wine, most notably in the Apalta Valley. It was also the first winery to cultivate Syrah in Colchagua. The winery eschews pumps and is built around gravity transfer, while the entire design is based around the Chinese concept of feng shui. Below lies the semi-circular cellar that houses up to 800 new French oak barrels, enjoying the Gregorian chants while they mature the wine. Despite the impressive facilities and quasi-ecclesiastical karma, Aurelio firmly believes that great wine is made in the vineyard rather than the winery. Still, when I questioned him about whether he is revising his modus operandi, he replied that, at least apropos his Chardonnay, like many in South America, he is decreasing the amount of oak in the wines while lifting the malolactic. This was generally a well turned out portfolio of wines that were far more consistent than others I tasted of similar size. While Montes is not beyond criticism, the entry-level wines represent a perfect introduction to Chilean wine at astoundingly good prices, while the premium bottles offer wines that should repay cellaring." Dec 2012
Winery: "This wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot for increased softness and complexity, both sourced from the well known Colchagua Valley. The wine has been aged for six months in new and used French oak. Deep ruby red color, very appealing. The nose is packed with layers of caramel, cinnamon, candy, and hints of mint, with a prevalence of fruit over oak. A spicy, full-flavored wine with good body, rich red fruit with a touch of vanilla, mocha and firm and friendly tannins. A fruity, sophisticated and elegant wine with the expression of the terroir of the Colchagua Valley."
Wired For Wine: The weekend's over and that always leaves us feeling a little blue. It's back to work/school/the gym and all the responsible stuff. With that weighing on your minds, we thought it would be nice to toss a no-brainer out there for you. From the same people who craft the oh-so-lovely and delicious Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly, and Purple Angel, we have the Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon. And yes, it is retailed at a ridiculously low price which warrants borrowing your friends big truck so that you may take advantage of this crazy-good deal... Okay, so you don't need a big truck because we deliver to your door, but you get the picture... Parker's Neal Martin calls it "joyful, well-defined, fruity and succulent" among other things, with a "lovely focus on the finish". We are dreaming about the meat dishes, grilled, braised, roasted and more, that we're going to make in order to have just one more excuse to open another of our bottles. This is a flat-out don't miss requirement winelovers. Be responsible and get some!
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 85% Cabernet, 15% Merlot
Residual Sugar: 2.85 g/L
pH: 3.51 g/L
Aging: 6 months in French oak barrels
Region: Colchagua, Rapel Valley, Chile