Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Montes

Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10%

This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced primarily from Montes' Finca Apalta Estate vineyard with some additions from their Marchigüe Estate vineyard. These two unique vineyards feature granite-rich soils in differing degrees of decomposition. Both have considerable variation in the clay content, depth, and organic matter from the influence of erosion and deposits from local rivers over time. The soils are generally deep in the flat areas and thinner at the foot of the mountains and at higher elevations. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on flat or slightly sloping ground where the soil is deeper and has a moderate capacity for moisture retention.

91 Points

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2016 vintage
91 Points

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

The 2015 – 2016 season began with a winter that was drier than the previous year (15% less rain in Marchigüe and 7% less in Apalta). However, higher rainfall during the second half of October enabled an optimal level of water in the soil. The mild spring allowed for optimal bud break, foliage development, and flowering. The summer was particularly dry with a cool start, especially in January. February, however, was one of the hottest in recent years. March was cooler, which slowed ripening by 2–3 weeks. A few rainstorms complicated the harvest, but the winery was able to harvest without significant loss of quality. In general terms, the 2016 harvest was a good quality vintage with nearly each variety planted obtaining good ripeness. The tannins ripened nicely, which allowed for an earlier harvest with lower potential alcohol levels coupled with very good acidity, aromatic intensity, and tremendous color.

tasting note

Deep, intense violet-red color. Aromas of figs and blackberries, are accompanied by notes of crème de cassis and spicy black pepper above a backdrop of tobacco. The palate is well balanced and has generous volume, rich acidity, and very round tannins that lend structure to a long, elegant finish.

food pairing

Highly recommended with red meats, Mongolian beef, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with mushroom sauce.

technical data

GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10%
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.56
ACIDITY: 3.58 g/L
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 55% of the wine is kept for 12 months in French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.56 g/L

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.
  • 55% aged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels for 12 months.
  • Perfectly round tannins that trigger an explosion of fruit.
  • 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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