Montes Purple Angel 2017
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|
VinousBlended with 8% Petit Verdot also from Colchagua, this Purple Angel Carménère has a mentholated, thyme-infused nose with clear hints of ripe blackberry and cherry and smoky wood. A delicate wine with good volume in the mouth. The lush feel and muscular but loose tannins add nutmeg and cedar at the end.