Taita 2011

Montes

Taita 2011

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley
Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% at the choice of the winemaker

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.

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harvest note

The 2010–2011 season was very favorable, with stable weather conditions throughout the entire growing season. Precipitation was lower than normal, and the absence of spring frosts in Colchagua resulted in a tremendously successful bud-break and optimal levels of flowering and fruit set. December 2010 was colder and cloudier than usual, which served to naturally regulate production, with smaller grapes and subsequently lighter bunches. The good weather conditions between flowering, fruit set, and fruit growth provided ideal growing conditions in the vineyard. Rain fell in late April and early May, but the dry and windy days that followed and the good distribution of bunches on the plants resulted in a very healthy harvest. The high quality of the red varietals, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon, allowed the vinification process to proceed smoothly with outstanding color achieved from cold macerations as well as spectacular aromatic profiles and volume on the palate.

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.

technical data

GRAPES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% at the choice of the winemaker
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.37
ACIDITY: 3.56 g/L
ABV: 15%
AGING: 24 months in new French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.41 g/L

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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