2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 322586 – $19.95 – **** – This is the second vintage of this wine that is made using the “dry farming” techniques. I don’t think it’s possible to take your first sip of this wine without raising an eyebrow. The flavours are very rich and concentraded from start to finish. The aromas are cocoa and campfire smoke with black currant buried underneath it all. This wine is heavy,…

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Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Wines

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet Aurelio Montes the winemaker at Montes wines in Chile. He is also making wines at Kaiken in Argentina. A Caiquen is a bird that migrates between Chile and Argentina by passing over the Andes. The wines I tasted in the spring were fantastic across the board and you can read about my view here — http://andrewinereview.ca/2015/03/17/montes-wines/ . It’s clear that Aurelio paints with a large palette with…

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Montes Wines

Montes Wines

What exactly is dry farming?  When I got my invitation to the Montes tasting hosted in Toronto on March 2, 2015 Three vintages of the Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon were presented.  This was interesting because starting with the 2012 vintage we are seeing the results of “dry farming”.  The long and short of it is that Montes is using less water in their grape growing process.  The end product is lower yields on the vines…

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