Montes Purple Angel 2016
This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenère, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. Purple Angel, has been recognized as Chile's best Carmenère. Critics have called this wine a "wine from another planet". Elegant and super ripe on the nose, with aromas of red and black berries over a background of flower and chocolate notes. Being aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months adds aromas of dark coffee and toast which complement the typical fruity aromas of this variety. Well structured on the palate, with smooth, velvety full tannins. 92% Carmenère, 8% Petit Verdot.
Winemaker/Owner Aurelio Montes has been named "Winemaker of the Year" by Wine Spectator two separate years, and is considered one of the greatest winemakers ever from Chile. Montes and his partners run a great, quality-driven operation in both Chile and in Argentina at Kaiken, which we have visited. We have the utmost respect for this family and their team!
|Region||Chile, Colchagua, Apalta Valley|
James SucklingThe complexity of this is something very special with dark berries, hot stone, iodine, and oyster shells. Full-bodied, very tight and polished with creamy tannins that envelop your palate, caressing every inch. Deep and dark fruit and wet earth at the finish. Drink or hold.
Wine EnthusiastRipe berry aromas are supported by notes of coffee, mocha, smoldering charcoal and baking spices. A flush palate brings the fruit in quantity, while the flavors are all about quality and emphasize blackened, spicy blackberry, mocha and toast. Given that 2016 was a tough year for red wines in Chile, this is a big success. Drink through 2025.
Wine SpectatorAn opulent and spicy red, with notes of bourbon vanilla and hints of cardamom to the mouthwatering flavors of cherry pie, blackberry and plum tart. The juicy finish lingers with chocolate and cream accents, and a touch of dried green herb. Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 17,000 cases made.