94 points – James Suckling
93 Insider Points
“This is an awesome pinot noir with blue fruits, subtle spices, light chocolate and flowers. Layered and gorgeous. A fantastic wine now but better in 2018.”- James Suckling
A lush and expressive wine with a lovely ruby color, complex nose and juicy palate that paints a wonderful portrait of the category. Ripe red fruit and bramble blend on the nose, leading to a fresh and layered palate with a lovely spice component, dark earth and silky tannin. The wine is perfectly balanced and has the restraint of a cru Burgundy, making for good opportunities to pair with dinner. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Apr 2017g
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Fresh, lush, and very hush-hush…this stunner isn’t even released yet! This marvelous Chilean ‘first growth’ Pinot Noir brings you the very best of the convergence of the cool Pacific Coast and the South American Andes. No wonder Argentina is looking over it’s shoulder…
Aim High, Aim True. Aurelio Montes’ dream of elevating Chilean took a quantum leap instead. Montes pioneered viticulture along Chile’s Anconcagua Coast. This is Chile’s first growth. Respected and admired worldwide, they’ve redefined the grand heights that Chilean wines can achieve.
Unreleased Vintage! A dry, warm 2015 growing season offered up healthy Pinot Noir. Really healthy. Balanced, expressive, and absolutely gorgeous. “I would say that this has been the best year for Pinot Noir in the history of Viña Montes” said Aurelio of this vintage. And our sourcing team threw a fit! Not just because it was unreleased, but because it is a sin against good wine to keep something this tasty out your hands!
Blue Sky Country As the Andes Mountain crash into the Pacific Ocean, you can gaze straight up and understand why Anconcagua is the perfect place to grow grapes. Verdent grape vines cut through the high, cool, dry landscape with confidence. The dry cracked soil, sweeping winds, and…wait…is that a cactus? That’s right, you can wander down from pioneering vineyards framed by the Andes to a seaside town with perfectly grilled seafood and roasted pig.
Beautiful and delicate ruby-red color. Intense and elegant nose, with predominance of strawberry and flowery notes, that together make this Pinot Noir a very lively, harmonious and generous wine. On the palate it is clean, well balanced, with soft rounded tannins and a good level of acidity. The wine is long in the mouth and shows well-integrated, balanced oak. The wine is very lightly filtered, making the aromas and color very expressive of Pinot Noir.
The history of Montes seems like a dream, and that’s truly how it began, gradually becoming reality. It was in 1987 that our two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both highly experienced wine professionals, wanted to realize their dream of producing Chilean wines a quantum-leap higher in quality than the standards of the time. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and expertise to the venture. And thus Montes was born, at first under the name Discover Wine. It was a dream come true for four great visionaries who succeeded in taking Montes wines from nowhere to more than 100 countries worldwide; by making ‘first growth’ wines respected and admired by the world’s critics and trade, and by drawing attention to what Chile was capable of producing. After we created the first Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon - through hard work and passion - it didn’t take long to achieve recognition. It was a mould-breaking wine that immediately raised the bar for other Chilean producers.
From the beginning, Montes Alpha was to be a brand synonymous with premium quality from Chile, aimed at the demanding tastes of the specialized wine stores, restaurants and hotels: a difficult-to-break-into niche that guarantees recognition around the world. Our obsession with making the best wines led Montes to become a pioneer in Apalta Valley, to plant vineyards on the hillsides.
We are proud that Montes is the incredibly successful result of a 100% Chilean effort; through our own ‘blood, sweat and tears’. Montes has been a great ambassador for Chile, and a benchmark for the many new Chilean wineries. Helping Chile refocus on quality wine has been our greatest contribution to the country’s wine industry.
Blackened sea-bass, grilled sausages, potato and black bean empanadas. We’re big fans of pairing wines with their regional foods, so this bottle is perfect for spiced seafood and a full, happy table of family and friends!