Montes 2017 Purple Angel Carménère Valle de Colchagua Chile
98 Points James Suckling - Such an amazing, floral nose with blackberries, blueberries, violets and other flowers. Full-bodied, yet so balanced and refined with vibrancy and energy. It’s really racy and exciting with a super long, beautiful finish. Tight and super polished.
94 Points Wine & Spirits - The purple in this wine comes, in part, from eight percent Petit Verdot, deepening the ripe Carménère flavors. The richness of the wine comes from a blend of fruit from Apalta and cooler Marchigüe in western Colchagua; there’s a weeklong cold soak before fermentation, and the wine rests on its skins post fermentation before being racked into French oak barrels, 80 percent of them new. It’s a recipe for power and international fame, and that oak does show as a primary element at first. But there’s beautiful fruit that keeps juicing up from behind the oak until it becomes the primary driver (it’s there from the start, but it really emerges three days after the wine is first opened). Name your dark fresh berry—blackberry, black currant, blueberry—and you may well find it in the wine, along with a satin texture that’s hard to resist.
92 Points Vinous - Blended with 8% Petit Verdot also from Colchagua, this Purple Angel Carménère has a mentholated, thyme-infused nose with clear hints of ripe blackberry and cherry and smoky wood. A delicate wine with good volume in the mouth. The lush feel and muscular but loose tannins add nutmeg and cedar at the end.
92 Points Wine Enthusiast - Savory, saucy blackberry and black-plum aromas include common Carmenère notes of olive, along with charred oak and asphalt. A shot of tartaric acidity brightens an otherwise soft and lush palate, while this tastes of blackberry, spiced black plum and resiny oak.
92 Points Wine Spectator - Opulent and plush, with intriguing paprika and cumin accents to the ripe dark fruit flavors. The lavishly spiced finish is backed by medium-grained tannins, complemented by enveloping creamy details.
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