Alpha Malbec

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Alpha Malbec

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley

The vineyards that produce the grapes for Alpha Malbec come from Apalta and Marchigüe estates in the Colchagua Valley. Both properties have soils of granitic origin with different degrees of decomposition and varying amounts of clay, depth, and organic matter. The Apalta estate is extremely diverse with zones that are highly influenced by the Tinguiririca River and others by mudslides and geological material that breaks off from the mountains above. The soils tend to be deep in the flat areas and shallower at the foot of the mountain and higher areas. The Malbec vineyards are located in zones with gentle slopes where the soils present a mixture of material from fluvial and alluvial origin, medium depths, and low moisture retention.

92 Points

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2014 vintage
91 Points

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2015 vintage
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tasting note

A deep ruby red color with an intense violet hue. The nose shows a perfect combination of potency and delicacy, with pronounced aromas of ripe red fruits such as sour cherries in syrup intermingled with a subtle fragrance of violets and wildflowers, while a touch of crème de cassis, jam, and anise appear on the backdrop to complete the aromatic profile characteristic of our Alpha Malbec. The generous palate has tremendous volume and a sensation of sweetness from aging in French oak barrels. The perfectly round tannins lend structure and a long, lingering finish.

food pairing

This Malbec pairs very well with most red and white meats, although it has a special affinity with grilled pork and chicken, especially with barbecue sauce. It is also very good with beef stew, spicy beef, and Mexican mole dishes.

points of distinction

  • Pioneered the way for all premium wines in Chile, remains #1 in the niche
  • Awarded ‘Top Scoring’ and ‘Best Value’ by the influential, Wine Spectator magazine
  • 50% aged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels for 12 months
  • Sweet on the palate, smooth, round tannins, which provide structure and volume
  • Vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley
  • about the grape +
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The story of Montes is a testament to what unique vision, grit, determination, and perseverance can achieve.

– Aurelio Montes Jr, Chief Winemaker

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