By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.montgras.cl/english/montgras.htm
Chile produces some incredible wine values and as this 2011 Quatro proves, however, some of them need more time. Primarily a Bordeaux-style blend (with only 10% Syrah thrown into the mix), this is a well-priced bottle which carries good acidity and fruit.
It’s produced by Vina MontGras, located in Chile’s Colchagua Valley which had its start in 1993. I had the pleasure of visiting this winery so I was personally excited to check this wine out after I returned home.
- Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Carmenère, 15% Malbec, 10% Syrah
- Alcohol: 14.1%
- Price: $19
On the nose: Bacon wrapped figs, plums, blackberry, blueberry, peppercorn, dark chocolate, cassis and tobacco leaf.
On the palate: Not a bad effort here but still has too tight of tannins – it needs a lot more time in the bottle. A pretty good balance of fruit and acidity but, again, the tannins are a bit overpowering for me right now.