Montes Cab Sauv and a Sauv Blanc – Chilean Value

There was a time, a few years ago, when Chilian wines were all the craze – however, they have since lost much of that hype to other regions such as Mendoza Argentina and even Portugal. It’s no secret, really, as to what causes that buzz around any particular region – it’s all about value and bringing the “goods” for the given price-points.

Montes Wines started in 1987 with two partners and has since blossomed into one of Chile’s premier wineries. They started off servicing niche markets as their competition stuck with local supermarkets – the vision has paid off for them. They have a huge passion for delivering quality-to-price ratio wines and I’m personally a huge fan of that – let’s dive in and see what these wines are all about.

2007 “Limited Selection” Sauvignon Blanc – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Denomination of Origin:
Leyda Valley
Vinification:
This wine has no oak aging nor malolactic fermentation
Filtration:
One earth filtering and one pad filtration.
Yield:
6 Tons/Ha  (2,4  tons per acre)
Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc 100%.
Cellaring Recommendations:
No more than two years.
Recommended serving Temperature:
10º a 12º C.
Decant:
Not needed.
Nose: Lemongrass, glue, asparagus pee, peach skin and grapefruit.
Taste: Super clean mouthfeel – not overly “grassy” like so many american sauv blancs are – nice acidty
component coming thru across the mid-palate. Think of lemon peel, grapefruit pulp with a bunch of fresh
asparagus and lemongrass thrown into the mix. A really nice finish with a good amount of acidity that
lingers quite a long time. This is a really easy wine to recommend – and for its price it’d be a Sauv
Blanc I’d easily reach for over many other similar wines in its price range or even costing a bit
higher.
  • Denomination of Origin: Leyda Valley
  • Vinification:  This wine has no oak aging nor malolactic fermentation
  • Filtration: One earth filtering and one pad filtration.
  • Yield: 6 Tons/Ha  (2,4  tons per acre)
  • Variety: Sauvignon Blanc 100%.
  • Cellaring Recommendations:  No more than two years
  • Recommended serving Temperature:  10º a 12º C
  • Decant:  Not needed
  • Price: $17.00

Nose: Lemongrass, glue, asparagus pee, peach skin and grapefruit.

Taste: Super clean mouthfeel – not overly “grassy” like so many american sauv blancs are – nice acidty component coming thru across the mid-palate. Think of lemon peel, grapefruit pulp with a bunch of fresh asparagus, clay and lemongrass thrown into the mix. A really nice finish with a good amount of acidity that lingers quite a long time. This is a really easy wine to recommend – and for its price it’d be a Sauv Blanc I’d easily reach for over many other similar wines in its price range or even costing a bit higher.

2007 “Classic Series” Cabernet Sauvignon – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

  • Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley.
  • Oak Aging: American oak barrels, for six months.
  • Filtering: One pad filtration.
  • Yield of Vineyard: 9 tons per hectare (about 4.2 tons per acre)
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 85% + Merlot 15%.
  • Cellaring Recommendations:  Up to 4 to 5 years.
  • Recommended Serving Temperature: 18º to 19ºC.
  • Decanting: Recommended to be decanted  for 30 minutes.
  • Price: $12.50

Nose: Gaminess, black plums, bubbliscious, petrol, gas-pump, black cherries, fruit-cake and transmission fluid from a Cat Diesel motor we used to install at Kenworth.

Taste: If you took some black fruit like plums, blackberries and dark cherries then tossed them inside an empty diesel tank on a semi-truck then took them out and laced them with black pepper -you’d be on the right path for the flavor of this wine. It’s a bottle of funk, excellent tannin structure and a  finish to die for in a bottle of its price-range.