2011 Montes "Classic" Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 15% Merlot and offers a simple black currant, vanilla and violet bouquet that is joyful and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin, crisp raspberry and dark cherry fruit, zesty acidity and lovely focus on the finish. At this price, it would be hard to find a better Cabernet. Drink now-2016.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot was sourced from the Colchagua Valley and aged for six months in new and previously filled French oak barrels. Vina Montes is well known for their strong stable of Bordeaux varietal wines, and this is a particularly good showing for their entry level Cabernet which shows well-defined varietal character. Few other under-$10 Cabernets in the world can compete. From the winery: "Intense ruby-red color. The nose is packed with layers of caramel, cinnamon, candy and hints of mint, with a prevalence of fruit over oak. A spicy, full-flavored wine, with good body, rich red fruit with a touch of vanilla, mocha and firm and friendly tannins. A fruity, sophisticated and elegant wine with the expression of the teroir of Colchagua Valley."