Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (1500ml)

$98.00

The Wine

  • A leader among Chilean Cabernets, aged for 12 months in French fine grain Allier oak barrels. Intense ruby color, with blackcurrant, chocolate and cigar box aromas; balanced with well-integrated oak. Great complexity of flavors in the mouth; mid-palate is full-bodied and balanced, with remarkably long finish. A superb wine ready to drink now, it can also be chosen for cellaring for future enjoyment. Our first 1987 vintage was singled out by the UK’s Wine magazine as one of the best 10-year-old red wines in the world.

BASIC ANALYSIS

Alcohol 14%

Total Acidity (H2SO4) 3.53 g/lt.

Residual Sugar 3.0 g/lt.

pH 3.5 g/lt.

Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2) 0.55 g/lt.

Free S02 32 mg/lt.

6 in stock

Description

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (1500ml)

WA 89 points (2011), WS 88 points (2012), Top 100 wines 2014 – The Peak Magazine (2011)

Our Montes Alpha wines are made with selected grapes from our Colchagua Valley vineyards, which are irrigated via our Sustainable Dry Farmed system developed by Aurelio Montes and his team through years of research. This has meant not irrigating at all some vintages, which allows us to learn just the right amount of water we need to provide after the winter rains and to reduce our water footprint by 65%, enrich the fruitiness and aromatic expression of the wine.

A milestone in Chilean winemaking, made with grapes from the famous Colchagua Valley and one of our most widely known Chilean wines. Deep ruby-red in color and very fruity, ripe, and intense on the nose with a predominance of red fruit notes such as strawberries and ripe cherries. Black currants and candied fruit also appear on the palate, where the very well-integrated oak contributes notes of toast, toffee, fresh-ground coffee, tobacco, and vanilla. The palate is well balanced with finely tuned rounded tannins that lend the wine a certain creaminess and very pleasing volume. The aromatic sensation increases with greater emphasis on the lactic aromas and fruitiness. Long, pleasing finish.

HARVEST

Harvest Period: March 27–May 15 Harvest Report: The weather during the 2011–2012 season presented very pronounced cold and hot periods. Rainfall was scant due to the influence of the La Niña phenomenon and concentrated during the winter months. The spring was cold and frost free, which was ideal for optimal foliage growth, flowering, and cluster definition. The summer was dry, clear, and without the cold and cloudy days presented during the previous season. Veraison began in mid-January, a little earlier than in the previous season, essentially due to a predominance of clear, warm days during the rain-free summer. The peak temperatures in February and March made it necessary to start harvest two weeks earlier than in 2011, although it ended during the first two weeks of May, which is similar to that of 2011. The grapes reached harvest in very good health, and the bunches were in excellent condition, medium to small in size with regulated loads.

VINEYARD

The vineyards that produce the Cabernet Sauvignon destined for our Montes Alpha are located at our Marchigüe and Apalta estates in the Colchagua Valley. Apalta was the greatest contributor, and both areas have soils of granitic origin with differing levels of weathering. Both vary widely in terms of clay content, depth, and amount of organic matter. Apalta is very heterogeneous, with zones that are marked by the influence of the river and others influenced by mudslides and material that breaks loose from the surrounding mountains. The soils are generally deep on the flatland and thinner at the foot of the mountain and higher areas. The Cabernet Sauvignon does best when planted on the flatlands and lower slopes where the soil is deeper and has moderate moisture retention. Marchigüe is flatter and has lower hills with moderate slopes. Its soils are rather shallow and in some cases no more than 60 cm deep, with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The vineyards are located in the flat zones, which have a high degree of rounded stones (fluvial material) and are poor in clay. Our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are planted to a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 per acre) and managed in a double guyot system for a yield of approximately 7,000 kg/ha (2.8ton/acre)

TECHNICAL DATA

Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley.

Vine Selection: Clones 46C, 169, and others.

Filtering: Cartridge filters prior to bottling.

Vineyard Yield: 7 tons per hectare (2.8 tons per acre).

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 90% – Merlot 10% Barrel Aging: 50% of the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 1, 2, or 3 uses.

SUGGESTIONS

Cellaring Recommendations: Can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to ten years.

Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º–19º C (62º–66º F).

Decanting: Best when decanted for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, Mongolian beef, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with Cabernet and mushroom sauce.

TECHNICAL DATA

Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley.

Vine Selection: Clones 46C, 169, and others.

Filtering: Cartridge filters prior to bottling. Vineyard Yield: 7 tons per hectare (2.8 tons per acre).

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 90% – Merlot 10% Barrel

Aging: 50% of the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 1, 2, or 3 uses.

SUGGESTIONS

Cellaring Recommendations: Can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to ten years.

Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º–19º C (62º–66º F).

Decanting: Best when decanted for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, Mongolian beef, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with Cabernet and mushroom sauce.