James Suckling 93
Always a solid malbec with dark-berry, dried-flower and sweet-tobacco character. Full-bodied, horizontal and open. Flavorful finish. Complexity for the money! Drink or hold.
Wine Spectator 91
Well-structured, with firm tannins supporting the deep, rich boysenberry and spice flavors. Intense dark chocolate notes linger on the pure-tasting finish, revealing slate and dried herbal accents. Drink now through 2024. 21,000 cases made, 6,000 cases imported.
Vinous Media 88
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black fruits, bitter chocolate, violet, licorice and cola spices. Juicy, spicy, fine-grained wine with good herbal energy and restrained sweetness to its dark berry and espresso flavors. Plenty of oak here as well but this shapely midweight has more supporting material. Finishes classically dry and spicy, in need of a bit more pliancy. (aged in one-third new, one-third second-use and one-third third-use French oak barrels for 12 months)
"This deep brilliant red-colored wine with purplish tones displays rich aromas. The nose has interesting spicy and floral notesa clear expression of the Uco Valleyintertwined with black fruit aromas reminiscent of blueberries and blackberries that show this varietys great typicity. Good structure and soft tannins call for a second glass. The finish is fresh, complex, and persistent with fruit notes and subtle spicy undertones of rosemary, thyme, and dry flowers."
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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. Concentrated, complex and stylish, its success was