The production of Montes Alpha M is extremely limited and vintages are only released if their head winemaker, Aurelio Montes considers the quality of the wine to be of a good enough standard. Production starts by selecting individual grapes at harvest time. This wine, from Colchagua Valley, is one of the best and most awarded Chilean wines. It can be cellared for up to twenty years.
The 2017 vintage has a beautiful, deep, ruby-red color. On the nose the notes are of ripe red fruit, such as cherry, strawberry, and plum. With 18 months in French oak barrels, the wine shows good complexity, with notes of tobacco, sweet spice, and very well-balanced toast in the background. On the palate the aroma profile reappears, with the wine showing balance and an enveloping character, medium body, and a long finish, full of creamy sensations and persistent fruit character.
Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Merlot 5%, and Petit Verdot 5%.
96 Points - James Suckling Beautiful richness and intensity on the nose with sliced plums, chocolate and some meat and earth. This is full-bodied with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Smoky and rich. Flavorful finish. Still a baby. Please give this three or four years to come together. Drink after 2022.
94 Points - Wine Spectator Powerful and well-structured, with cedar and leafy notes to the concentrated red fruit and spice flavors. Dried green herbal accents show midpalate, leading to a mineral-infused finish that lingers with a dollop of anise. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Aromas of cassis, fresh tomato, tobacco, herbs, eucalyptus and spice are Chilean all the way, while this Cabernet-led blend feels solid but a little light in the midpalate. Savory plum, berry and tomato-sauce flavors finish dry and smooth, with manageable tannins. Drink through 2027.
96 Points - Tasting Panel This charming single-vineyard red from Montes’ Apalta estate blends 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged 18 months in new French oak, it’s one of the country’s most revered wines. It thoroughly engages the senses with a nose of graphite, licorice, and blackberry as well as a focused palate of spiced blue fruit and violets.