Friday, September 17, 2010

Montes 2005 Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Chile)

Tonight I opened something with a little age - granted I had a few older bottles on the list of things to open, some as old as 2002, but decided with tonight's hoisin-glazed chicken this might be a better choice ... and was I right.  The sweet sauce paired nicely with the sweet fruit flavours in this wine.  The nose was blackberry and mint - pretty typical for Cabs from Chile, but this one also has the benefit of 30% Carmenere added to the mix, and that gives this a little bit more play on the palate.  The grapes come from the famed Apalta vineyard - a name that should be familiar to lovers of Chilean wine.  Now back to the wine, on the palate it was even better than the smells on the nose:  mint, sweet black fruit, nice tannin texture in the mouth, there's even a pleasant nip of chocolate across the tongue.  The finish lingers with blackberry and chocolate ... lovely and delicious - so was the chicken.

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