Taita

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Taita

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley

The vineyards destined for Taita are located at Montes' El Arcángel de Marchigüe Estate vineyard, just 17.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Like a large percentage of Chilean soils, those in Marchigüe feature decomposed granite soils with decomposition levels that vary by sector. Some plots feature high clay content and moderate depths, while others are shallower with less clay, more silt, and more rocks. The Taita plot was influenced by glacial action, evidence of which are the sharp, angular stones left by passing glaciers in combination with round stones that resulted from water running over the surface of the vineyard area for ages. The Taita vineyards are dry farmed, which means they are not irrigated. The result of these naturally managed vineyards is fewer clusters per vine 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, delicate toast, and leather fragrances. The palate is exuberant and round with 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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