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Alpha Carmenere

Vina Montes - Alpha Carmenere 2018

Chile
Red Wine from Central Valley · Chile
Price: £12.95
Case Rate: £12.95
Ex Tax: £10.79
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Wine Region: Central Valley
Winery: Vina Montes
Wine Maker: Aurelio Montes
Grape: Carmenere
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (5 btls)
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Rating 88 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Central Valley
Winery: Vina Montes
Wine Maker: Aurelio Montes
Grape: Carmenere
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Deep and lively ruby-red color. The wine shows elegant Carmenère character, with lovely black pepper aromas, and hints of red berry, chocolate, vanilla and plum. In the mouth it is distinctively smooth, with rounded soft tannins. Long finish. The oak is beautifully integrated and balanced.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011) - 88 pts

Wine Advocate #213 June 2014. Reviewer : Luis Gutierrez - The 2011 Alpha Carmenere is a ripe, peppery rendition of the grape with aromas of black pepper and paprika intermixed with bright black fruit and a medium-bodied palate with enough acidity but could do with a little more freshness. Drink now-2015.


JancisRobinson.com (2012) - 15.5 pts

Tasted Dec 2014 - Glowing crimson. Pungent eucalyptus and burnt plum. A juicy pop of very ripe fruit to start, then a bit of bitterness, like the aftertaste of dark-roast coffee grounds, insists on the finish, and there is a kick of alcohol. One could be beguiled by the lashings of sweetness, but the finish is uncomfortable and uncoordinated. (TC)


Wine Spectator (2012) - 87 pts

Nov 30, 2014 - Green herb and red fruit flavors mix easily in this medium-bodied red. Offers a firm structure, with a finish fringed by cocoa powder and creamy notes.


James Suckling (2011) - 91 pts

A red with walnut shell and berry character. Hints of cloves and other spices too. Full-bodied, fruity and delicious plus a fresh finish. A pure carmenere that shows focus. Drink now.


Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2010) - 89 pts

Feb '14 - Bright purple. Pungent black and blue fruits on the nose and palate, with notes of black tea and vanilla adding complexity. Fleshy and open-knit, finishing with strong punch, a hint of warmth and smooth, slow-building tannins.


Wine Enthusiast (2011) - 88 pts

Earthy, baked aromas of ripe berry, raisin and leather come with a tobacco note. This is nice given the cold weather that drove the 2011 vintage. Round tannins and overall balance provide bedding for spicy flavors of blackberry, herbal notes, licorice and oak. — M.S. (3/1/2014)


Wine & Spirits (2012) - 91 pts

"Year's Best" - Deep and live ruby red color. The wine has a very elegant and evident Carmenère typicity, showing lovely black pepper aromas with hints of red berries, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and black plums. In the mouth is distinctively smooth, with rounded and soft tannins. Long finish. The oak is beautifully integrated and balanced.

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