WA 89 points (2011)
Deep and pronounced ruby red in color, with tremendous aromatic intensity reflecting fresh red fruits, such as strawberries and plums with a touch of jam and sweet spice. Aging in French oak lends a well-balanced aromatic contribution featuring vanilla and caramel over a toasted backdrop. The palate is smooth, with well-rounded tannins and good structure accentuated by dairy and notes from the oak with elegance and breadth.
Cabernet Sauvignon harvest period: March 18–May 25 Carmenère harvest period: April 30–May 25 Harvest Report: The 2012–2013 season began with a cooler-than-normal spring that delayed the onset of budbreak and flowering with respect to the previous season. December was also somewhat cold and included precipitation in the central zone that provoked a vigorous elongation of the berries and consequently, heavier bunches. January was also cold and delayed the onset of veraison. Furthermore, rainfall threatened the quality of the most sensitive grapes. Our Cabernet Sauvignon survived with great success and reached harvest with controlled loads and loose bunches that hung free of the plants, which helps prevent the diseases that can appear with the presence of water. February presented some unusually high temperatures, which resulted in ripening on a par with that of 2012.
The vineyards that give rise to our Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon–Carmenère are located in two very representative zones of the Colchagua Valley—Apalta and Marchigüe. Apalta is very heterogeneous with sectors that are highly influenced by the Tinguiririca River and others by mudslides and the detachment of material from high in the mountains. The soils tend to be deep in the flat areas and thinner at the foot of the mountain and above. The Cabernet Sauvignon plantations are located at the foot of the mountain with slopes that are not very steep, although the soils are thin with very variable textures. The Carmenère vineyards are preferably located in the flat zones where the soil is deeper and has moderate moisture retention. Marchigüe has flatter areas and lower hills that are not as steep as Apalta’s. The soils are shallow—in some cases no more than 60 cm deep, with moderate clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère vineyards are located in the lower flat zones. Our vineyards are planted to a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 plants/acre) and double guyot managed for yields of approximately 9,000 kg/hectare (3.6 ton/acre). In the case of the Carmenère, the leaves closest to the bunches are vigorously pulled in early January to leave the fruit completely exposed and enables the grapes to ripen evenly with good acidity and phenolic potential.
Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley.
Clone Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon: Clones 169 and 46C. Carmenère: Massal selection.
Filtering: Cartridge filtered prior to bottling.
Vineyard Yield: 9 tons/hectare (3.6 tons/acre). Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 70% – Carmenère 30%.
Oak Aging: 47% of the wine was aged in first-use French oak barrels for 10 months.
Cellaring Recommendations: May be enjoyed now or cellared for six or more years.
Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º–19º C / (63º–66º F)
Decanting: Recommended for 30 minutes before serving.
Food Pairing: Highly recommended with Mongolian beef, pork ribs, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, pizza, lamb stew and mushroom risotto.
Alcohol 14.0 %
Total Acidity (H2 SO4) 3.48 g/lt.
Residual Sugar 2.35 g/lt. pH 3.59 g/lt.
Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2) 0.53 g/lt.
Free SO2 0.024 g/lt.