Montes Alpha Carmenère was made with selected grapes from vineyards in the Colchagua Valley irrigated according to the Water Saving Winegrowing system that Aurelio Montes and his team developed over the course of years of research. This system allows us to determine the precise amount of water we need to add to the vineyards after the winter rains, especially in particularly dry years when irrigation is indispensible. This has enabled us to reduce irrigation water by 65% while simultaneously improving the quality of the fruit.

93 Points
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2018 vintage
90 Points
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2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The winter of 2017 was characterized by plentiful rainfall, which exceeded 500 mm in the Colchagua Valley, making it the wettest year in the last decade. This meant Montes could count on there being sufficient water in the subsoil and in our reservoirs for the optimal development of the vines, at all phenological stages, right up to harvest. During the spring there was some frost but it did not cause any damage to our red varieties. Temperatures were cool until mid-November, causing a delay in budburst and lowering by a few weeks. Summer saw moderate temperatures, with average maximum temperatures in January of 82°F. February saw a marked decrease in night-time temperatures, which generally caused a delay in the maturation of red and white varieties, in some cases by up to 14 days compared to the previous year. There was no precipitation at all during the harvest months, so the grapes were extremely healthy, and showed good measurements of ripeness, and great varietal expression during fermentation.
Tasting Note
Deep ruby-red with an eye-catching, violet hue. On the nose it’s complex and elegant. Pronounced, delicious aromas of ripe red and black fruit melt into inviting chocolate, mocha and brioche. The nose is well-balanced, with a little spice in the background. The French oak lends some toasted notes that complement the aromatic pro le, while adding a slight sensation of sweetness. On the palate, it shows itself to be a wine of great Carmenère character and typicity, with rich acidity that is well balanced with the generous body. The tannins are velvety and give way to a long memorable finish.
Food Pairing
Highly recommended with red meats, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with a red wine and mushroom sauce.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 90% Carmenère; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.69
ACIDITY: 3.19 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 55% of the wine was aged for 12 months in first-, second-, and third-use barrels.
Unique Selling Points
  • 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
  • Well balanced and structures with soft tannins
  • Variety only reappeared in 1993, after it was thought to be extinct for 200 years

About the Grape

Carmenère
Carmenère has spicy red berry aromas and black plum flavors, with a pronounced leafy and green bell pepper edge, and notes of grilled meat and coffee.
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