Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley

The vineyards destined for Taita are located at our Finca de El Arcángel in the Marchigüe area, 17.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Like a large percentage of Chilean soils, those in Marchigüe are of granitic origin with different levels of decomposition that vary by sector. Some have high clay content and moderate depths, and others are shallower with less clay, more silt, and more rocks. The area destined for Taita are influenced by glacial action during the formation of the soil, evidence of which are the typical angular stones left by passing glaciers in combination with the round stones that result from the action of water running over the surface. The Taita vineyards are dry farmed, which means we do not irrigate the plants. They are managed naturally and therefore the vines have fewer bunches with smaller and more concentrated grapes.

93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2009 vintage
92 Points

Wine Advocate

2009 vintage
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tasting note

Very deep garnet-red in color. The perfumed, complex nose exhibits a wide range of ripe red- and black-fruit aromas along with interesting spice notes intermingled with delicate toast and leather fragrances, with an outstandingly elegant note of crème de cassis on the backdrop. The palate is exuberant and corpulent with round, well-structured tannins that lend breadth, sweetness, and a remarkably long finish.

food pairing

Pairs well with red meat, lamb, and cheeses.

points of distinction

  • Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Aurelio Montes decides the other varieties to add
  • Aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months
  • Well-structured on the palate with firm, nicely incorporated tannins
  • Has the potential for long ageing, can be cellared for more than 15 years
  • A concentrated and complex wine of extremely limited production
  • 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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