Alpha Pinot Noir 2018

Montes

Alpha Pinot Noir 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Aconcagua Coast
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

The vineyards that produce the grapes for Montes Alpha Pinot Noir are located in the Casablanca, Zapallar, and Leyda Valleys, all located in the Aconcagua Coast wine region. All of the vineyards are trained to vertical shoot position and drip irrigated, and yields range from 6,245 to 7,137 lb/acre. Because vines have an excellent vegetative / productive balance, it is not necessary to adjust the load and canopy work is minimal. This also allows us to harvest healthy grapes with good balance.

93 Points

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2018 vintage
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harvest note

The 2017–18 season was characterized by a normal winter, with enough precipitation to provide for the vines until harvest. There was no spring frost severe enough to put production objectives at risk. Both budburst and flowering started with ample water in the soil, resulting in good canopies and bunch integrity until harvest. The summer was very cool, more so than usual. Much of the summer saw cloudy, cool days with low diurnal temperatures. Only in April did the days begin to clear after midday, which resulted in the harvest parameters Montes was looking for. The harvest began on almost the same date as the previous year, but due to the cooler weather, the speed of the ripening was very slow, extending the harvest for almost 15 days compared to 2017. The micro-climactic variability of the coastal zones accounts for the style of this wine, perfectly exemplified by this vintage.

tasting note

The nose is reminiscent of fresh wild fruit, tart plum, with notes of damp forest, and flowers. Its time spent in lightly toasted French oak lends a spicy, sweet edge, like pastry, with notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and jam. On the palate, it is beautifully balanced, with a light to medium body and vibrant acidity. An elegant and complex wine that shows that when it comes to Chilean Pinot Noir, there’s a lot to say!

food pairing

Highly recommended with pesto pasta; mild, creamy soups (mushroom, chicken), veal chops, salmon, Camembert cheese, mushroom risotto, rocket and herb salad, bruschetta.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Aconcagua Coast
PH: 3.54
ACIDITY: 3.68 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: 40% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 10–12 months

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
  • 40% aged in French oak barrels for 10 months
  • Juicy with balanced acidity and the sweetness of round, ripe tannins
  • Vineyards located in Casablanca, Leyda and Zapallar Valleys, Aconcagua Wine Region
  • 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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