Archive for October 16th, 2010

2008 Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere

Appellation: Colchagua Valley

About the Wine: This wine is from Montes’ La Finca Estate in the Apalta Valley.  The wine was aged in American oak for 6 months.

Tasting Notes: Had this during the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenere.  14% ABV.  Pretty ruby/violet color.  Vanilla, oak, dark cherry, and butterscotch (!) on the nose.  This is very interesting, full body, complex with dark fruit, vanilla, and the butterscotch is on the palate as well.  Dry, structured tannins. This may not be for everyone, but I really like this. It’s also a screaming value.  I’m looking for a case of this.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $15 Suggested retail


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2008 Estampa Gold Assemblage

Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile

About the Wine: This wine is primarily produced from one estate from fairly young vines.  The wine is aged in American and French oak.

Tasting Notes: This was part of the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  57% Carmenere, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot.  14.7% ABV.  Color is red/violet.  Nose is red fruit, smoke, and tobacco. This smells great!  Palate is dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, very complex, dry, smoke, wonderful balance, elegant.  I really, really like this wine.  Great value!

Rating: 4/5

Price: $22 Suggested Retail

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