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Montes Purple Angel 2015 £47.95
MONTES PURPLE ANGEL
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. In Chile, it is considered the ‘signature’ variety.
Montes were pioneers on the Chilean wine scene when we created our super-premium wines: the Montes Alpha range, and icons Montes Alpha M and Montes Folly. Montes also led the way to quality by planting vineyards on steep hillsides.
Impressive and very deep garnet red color. Tremendous aromatic intensity with a predominance and black berry fruit intermingled with aromas of sweet spices and pastries. The aromas contributed by the French oak meld very well, lending subtle notes of dark chocolate and vanilla accompanied by well-balanced toast. The palate is very well structured with very smooth tannins that lend breadth and complexity. This is a wine with juicy acidity, generous volume, and flavours in line with its aromatic profile, ending with a long and elegant finish.
Suggest pairing with red meats, lamb chops with rosemary, pork ribs, and cannelloni.
2015 not yet reviewed, this is what they said about 2014...
92 Points Luiz Gutierrez for RobertParker.com
If you feel like a big, ripe and well-oaked red, the 2014 Purple Angel is for you. Its super-premium Carmenere with some 8% Petit Verdot. Very dark, opaque, brooding and dense, it boasts plenty of balsamic and smoky aromas and a powerful palate with fine-grained, abundant tannins. There are tons of black fruits and spices from the 18 months in spent in brand new French oak barrels. 96,000 bottles produced.
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