Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wine Review: Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah 2015 and Montes Twins Red Wine 2013


On February 10th I participated in a Twitter #WineChat for Montes Wines. I love those things. You get to sit down at your computer and enjoy the same wine with people all over the world for an hour. Pretty cool. So the following day I looked at my leftovers and I thought "well, might as well write up some reviews!" Keep in mind that this was written the day after the #WineChat and not recently. Reviewing a wine a month after it's been opened would not be a wise decision.

What I've got is the 2015 vintage of Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah and the 2013 vintage of Montes Twins Red Wine. I'm going to make this rather quick. Think of it as a bonus review.

MONTES CHERUB ROSÉ OF SYRAH 2015

The tech sheets for these wines are super boring. Every time I try to focus and read them my eyes glaze over and I start thinking about my own mortality and wish that the void of nothingness would hurry up already. It's that bad. You gotta liven those things up, Montes! Smooches!

The Cherub is out of Marchigüe Valley within Calchagua Valley. The vineyards are on granitic soil that has material deposits from glaciers. It has a 13.5% ABV.

The color is that tuna-salmon hybrid I call "Tulmona". There's a crisp front to the nose, like cold stones. Then it's like a combination of watermelon Jolly Ranchers and Fruit Loops. So I guess that would be sticky watermelon candy and general citrus, right? Awesome. It's full bodied with a mouthfeel and acidity reminiscent of cranberry juice. There's flavors of watermelon Jolly Rancher and maraschino cherries. It finishes with strawberry jelly and caramel.

I said some pretty nasty things in the afterparty under #WineChatAfterDark. Such as "You've given me a chubby, Cherub. Let's finish what you started."

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $15
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

MONTES TWINS RED WINE 2013

First off, you should decant this wine. It's pretty tight at first. It's 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come out of Apalta and Marchigüe within Colchagua Valley. It has a 14% ABV.

It's almost violet in color. There's aromas of prunes, tobacco, vanilla, rye bread and floral moisturizer. It's medium bodied with present acidity and sweet tannin. There's flavors of cassis, tart cherries, wood and floral moisturizer. It finishes with heat and cassis.

Let me just clarify something. I love Montes. Very rarely do they produce something that I don't adore. Their Classic Cabernet Sauvignon ($10) is one of the best deals on Cab around. Their Alpha Syrah ($20) is fantastic. Their Purple Angel (a $60 Carmenere) is one of the most divine wines I've ever had.

That said... I don't understand why Chile insists on making Malbec. I have yet to have a Chilean Malbec that I liked. Even with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, something Chile excels at, this is still not something that I want to drink. But it appears that I was the only one that wasn't a fan of it during the #WineChat. So don't take MY word for it.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $15
Rating: 2/5 = Not Impressive. (what does that mean?)

The bottles used were supplied free of charge and this was an unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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