Montes Alpha M 2012
Intense dark red colour. Very elegant with very dense and velvety, supple tannins. The wine has an harmonious structure, combined with a generous fruit expression and a very distinguished character showing aromas of red fruits, cassis and a touch of cedar and cinnamon. In the mouth the wine has delightful notes of vanilla and coffee. The 5% of Petit Verdot adds an extra element of complexity. Mouth filling and long and well-defined through the finish. The structure of this wine will keep it for over 20 years.
Montes Alpha “M” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (5%), which links all the other grapes. The Cabernet Franc enhances the elegance of the first variety, and is in total harmony with the softness of the second and austerity of the third.
The 2010 harvest produced fresh wines of greater intensity, due to a 15% lower yield, concentrating the color and aromas of the fruit and producing very soft and elegant tannins.
Wine Notes & Recommendations
- Grape Varieties
- Cabernet Sauvignon 80% + Cabernet Franc 10% + Merlot 5% and Petit Verdot 5%. All hand-picked during the night harvest. Grape by grape selection.
- Apalta single estate in Colchagua Valley. The grapes are grown in the steep slopes of our Apalta estate.
- 18 months in new French oak barrels.
- Yield of Vineyard
- 3.5/4 Tons/Hectare (1.9 tons acre).
- Can be enjoyed now or cellared for over 20 years.
- Serving Temperature
- 64 °F (18° C).
- Yes, strongly recommended: One hour minimum.
- Food Pairing
- Highly recommended with baked turkey, rib eye steak, sherry kidneys, duck confit.
Montes Alpha M 2012
A winery like no other, Montes has driven Chile’s ultra-premium wine image from the outset. Since 1988 founder Aurelio Montes and his partners have captivated us with wines of the highest quality and singular design, setting a global standard to follow. Montes Winery brings Chile’s most unique vineyard sites to life capturing their expression through disciplined winemaking, modern technology, and meticulous attention to detail.
Aurelio Montes, Founder & Chief Winemaker
A true vanguard of Chilean winemaking, Aurelio Montes’ greatest strengths lie in a profound understanding of terroir and a willingness to push boundaries in a lifelong pursuit of quality. One of the first to realize the untapped potential of Apalta, Montes pioneered high altitude planting before it was the norm. Dubbed “Montes’ folly” when he first planted Syrah on steep hillside slopes, he turned the resulting wine into a global icon and has never looked back. An equally accomplished vine grower and winemaker, Montes has won critical acclaim worldwide for his exuberant wines. A father of five, Montes is an avid pilot, sailor and equestrian.