Budget Wine: Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Chile 2013

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

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