About Montes Alpha 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua
Considered one of the most able practitioners in the cellar, winemaker Aurelio Montes has always maintained that "80% of good wine comes from the vineyards and on 20% from the cellar." So vineyard care is paramount, enabling Montes to produce world-class wines. From the vineyard rows to the cellar, they carefully study every variable in the winemaking process.
This Cab is sourced from their meticulously cared-for vineyards high in the foothills of the Andes Mountains where the Cabernet grapes benefit from the cool temperatures and the brilliant sunlight. The grapes are brought into their gravity-flow winery that allows gentle handling. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 55% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels (1st, 2nd, and 3rd use) for 12 months.
James Suckling scored this 92 points saying "Bright, fruity cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrants and raspberries. Medium to full body, round and soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Complex at the end."
Vinous scored this 92 points saying "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Montes Alpha is in fact 10% Merlot and was aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. The layered nose offers precise, fruity notes of black currant, mint and cherry, balanced harmoniously by the wood. Complex, with firm, grippy but fine tannins. The lengthy finish is pleasantly compact with a hint of raisin. Drinking window: 2021 - 2030"