27 Jan Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Series 2014
Today In Wine: Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Series 2014 ($10)
“I got exactly what I expected from the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Series, a soft, polished, and easy to drink Cabernet that is both straightforward and pleasant.” – Wine Advocate
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal
Wine Spectator – 90 Points
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016 (#42)
Wine Advocate – 90 Points
Best Wines of the Year (2016)
Best Wines Under $20
Montes’ vineyards are located in Chile’s Colchagua Valley and planted on soils derived from granite with areas of red clay and organic matter. This type of soil has moderate moisture retention because it is formed by alluvial sediments with stones at depth. The Montes Cabernet Sauvignon grows on flat and gently sloping lands with a north-northeast orientation.
Considered for several lists of best wines for 2016, this Montes Cabernet Sauvignon is something more than a pleasant surprise; it is eureka in a bottle! Consider its delightful flavor, its more than reasonable price and its availability at Costco or your neighborhood grocery store and you have what we will call a triple double winner! The double part is because we believe you should double your purchase with this one. So, what’s so special about it you ask? Well, in short this bargain of a wine has hidden deliciousness. Mineral, blackberry and plum combine with sweet spices to deliver a flavor profile that can match strength with a lot more expensive wines. In addition, this Cab’s gentle tannins allow for a pleasant finish to each and every gulp. Long story short friends, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Montes is one of the greatest values within the varietal.
A lively red color is the first clue that the wine before us is very fresh. Its aromatic potency is very well harmonized with its complexity. There’s a predominance of red berries, jam, blackcurrant liqueur (creme de cassis), and a juicy sensation of crushed strawberries. Eight months in contact with French oak lend it a certain degree of seriousness, along with a bit of vanilla, smoke, cigar box, and sweet spices. Good balance on the palate with properly rounded tannins that enable this Cabernet Sauvignon to linger long on the palate.
Wine Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Wine Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot
Style: Smooth & Supple
Drinks Like: Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Alpha Series 2011 ($19)
Food & Wine Pairing: THEGRAPE’s Pork Apple Burgers
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Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Series 2014
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold Medal
This one is going to be hard to beat my friends. Its value and its flavor give way to a wine that can delight during the week or on a special occasion. It’s a go to wine that won’t break the bank but will give you smiles each and every time it’s enjoyed. Even more, this wine has such great potential that it can be rested for enjoyment up to 2020! How could anyone ask for something better than that for $10?