The vineyards that produce the Montes Alpha Special Cuvée Pinot Noir are located at Zapallar in the Aconcagua Costa wine region, just 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They all grow trellised to the vertical shoot position and on soft slopes with different orientations. The vines show excellent vegetative/reproductive balance, so no need to adjust the fruit load, making only minimal interventions in the canopy. The proximity to the coast strongly influences the behavior of the vineyard. Summers are very cool, and the effective hours of sunshine during ripening times are few. So the first part of the ripening process results in a slow accumulation of sugars and color. Despite being a red variety, Pinot Noir ripens early enough to be the first to be harvested in the coastal vineyard, before Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay planted in the same place.

Harvest Note
The 2019-2020 growing season was marked by low winter rainfall in all of Chile's wine regions. Spring was free of significant frost in the vineyards, and summer was cool, as usual. The Zapallar area, where these grapes come from, had limited availability of irrigation water because of the low winter rainfall. Ripening went on quite slowly, allowing winemakers to manage the harvests in an orderly and successful manner, with very detailed work on choosing sectors according to their ripeness levels and flavors.
Tasting Note
The wine is a ruby-red color, deep and clean. The aromas have a fruity character, marked by red and dark berries, such as blackberry, sour cherry, black plum, and ripe grapes. There are also bakery notes, such as nutmeg and vanilla, and a faint toasted note from the French oak barrels. It feels medium bodied on the palate, with very good acidity, which strongly reinforces the feeling of fresh fruit. It is an elegant wine with a lot of character.
Food Pairing
Pair with pasta and pesto, mild, creamy soups (mushroom, chicken), veal chops, salmon, Camembert cheese, mushroom risotto, arugula and herb salad, and bruschetta.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Aconcagua Costa
PH: 3.49
ACIDITY: 3.6 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 35% of the wine is aged for 10-12 months in new and previously used French oak barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Grapes are grown at the Zapallar estate which is only 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean
  • Both traditional fermentation and carbonic maceration is used to preserve the fresh fruit character
  • Vineyards located in the Aconcagua Coast region

About the Grape

Pinot Noir
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
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