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Montes

Rose from Colchagua, Chile

 
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is a very elegant and subtle crystalline pink in color. Blending two varieties results in greater complexity on the nose and palate. The Syrah delivers a very intense and fruity nose with aromas of fresh red fruits, and the Grenache contributes a very fresh palate with a smooth and pleasing finish.

Recommended serving temperature: 41-45 F

Recommended food pairings:  Light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish, grilled fish and goats' cheeses

 
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The history of Montes seems like a dream, and that’s truly how it began, gradually becoming reality. It was in 1987 that their two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both highly experienced wine professionals, wanted to realize their dream of producing Chilean wines a quantum-leap higher in quality than the standards of the time. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and expertise to the venture. And thus Montes was born, at first under the name Discover Wine. It was a dream come true for four great visionaries who succeeded in taking Montes wines from nowhere to more than 100 countries worldwide; by making ‘first growth’ wines respected and admired by the world’s critics and trade, and by drawing attention to what Chile was capable of producing. After they created the first Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon - through hard work and passion - it didn’t take long to achieve recognition.

 

Valle del Colchagua, Chile

 

Colchagua Valley is located in central Chile. To the north and east lies the less famous but promising Cachapoal Valley. To the east, the vineyards are limited naturally by the Andes, into which they move further and further each year. Its western boundary is formed by the coastal hills which seem to run the entire length of Chile's vast Pacific coastline. The south-western half forms the larger Rapel Valley region. As a general rule, white-wine varieties benefit from cooler climates, while the reds prefer drier, warmer conditions. The dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec and Merlot plantings in the warmer east is mirrored by that of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the ocean-cooled west.

The steep slopes on the edges of the coastal mountains are proving to be the most desirable spots for viticulture in Colchagua. Here, vineyards can take advantage of the prevailing sunlight and also the free-draining granitic soils that stress the vines, leading to smaller yields of berries with a high concentration of flavor. These hillside sites tend to be slightly cooler than those on the valley floor, and often enjoy a more pronounced diurnal temperature variation than lower-lying vineyards, leading to grapes with an excellent balance of ripeness and acidity. 

(Find out more, https://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-colchagua+valley)