montes cabernetChile’s 5th largest producer makes some iconic wines at the premium level. This Cab is their entry level, supermarket wine.

Ripe red fruit, dense and a bit stewed, with some mushroom, green stemmy notes and and iron filings on the nose. It won’t please everyone but if you like odd earth notes and a striking, unusual aroma profile you might find this intriguing. I did.

But the palate let’s you down. It opens juicy and fresh but lacks concentration in the mid palate showing tart cherry and pepper, very dry with a steely, mineral core,  medium body with significant apparent acidity and grainy tannins. The acidity and tannins combine for a long, but clunky finish that turns quite bitter as it progresses.

The wine will effectively wash down a burger  and deserves credit for being distinctive but as a sipper its appeal is limited by the unpleasant finish.

The blend included 15% Merlot, and 45% of the wine was aged in French oak for 8 months.

Score: 85

Price: $10

Alc: 13.5%

This wine is a bit feral and bitter like the Clash classic, Clampdown