(2016) Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of Vista Flores as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones, but with limited active limestone presence. A certain meatiness, but a delicate oak note and very good raciness. The palate still has bold, deep plum fruit, but the edge of the cedar and spice, and the creamy texture, delicious and well balanced wine.
(2016) This was a tank sample, so the score is provisional. From Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo at 960 metres altitude and organic certified vineyards. Fine liquoricy, cherry and red plum fresh nose. There’s a lot of palate freshness too, a touch of mineral saltiness, and definitely racy.
(2015) >From vineyards sited at 1,200 metres in the hip and happening Gualtallary sub-region of the Mendoza's Uco Valley, one third was aged in French oak. There's honey, almond and mealiness to spare in an attractive aromatic profile that is also about sweet apple fruit. On the palate it is powerfully nutty and concentrated, a big, dry and enveloping style of Chardonnay that is carefully oaked and retains plenty of biting acidity. Mouth-filling with a rolling texture, it might be an interesting wine to taste again after five years or so, to see if it has eased out just a little, allowing the fruit to come further forward.
(2015) With 5% Malbec in the blend, 80% of this spends a year in French oak. Fruit is mostly from vines that are over 50 years old in selected Mendoza regions. Less overtly plush than the Malbec, but with a tight, blackcurrant fruit and again that incense-like quality coming through, a touch of olive or herbs adding signature Cabernet notes. Though a little more structured than the Malbec on the palate - slightly tighter tannins, slightly keener acidity - there is some plush enjoyment in the mouth, enough coffee and chocolate to add smoothing richness, in a wine that Montes reckon has 10 year plus of cellaring potential.
(2008) 40% Shiraz, 20% Malbec, 20% Merlot and 20% Tannat. 18 months in half and half French and American oak. Lots of oak here, lots of spice. A slightly dusty note. There's a powerful backbone of acidity and very tight tannin that gives this a stripe of liquorice.
(2008) 70% Malbec, 30% Merlot, mainly new barrels. Sumptuous, big, sweet nose, with a thick blackberry fruit. Very creamy and rich, with masses of sweet, plump fruit, but again that liquorice and edge of cerise cherry skin acidity. Lovely length in a bigger, more obvious style perhaps. Ultra premium (but below Primus), selling for around
(2008) The second wine of the estate, this is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that spends twelve months in new French oak. Very pure, very glossy blackcurrant fruit, with plenty of nicely weighted oak. The palate is smooth and silky, with masses of fat and richness. There is a lot of concentration here, but lots of oak too, and although the charry mocha character is delicious, the whole effect, with highish alcohol, is a little overpowering.
(2008) With 10% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14 months in 80% French oak, plus second fill American. A touch of Brett on this wine, that rather spoils the aromatics. The fruit on the palate is ripe and concentrated, with plenty of juiciness and very silky tannins. Nice freshness, and overall a good wine this though the Brett may bother some.
(2008) 60% Malbec, 20% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in almost all new French oak, apart from 10% of the Malbec which is in American oak. Gorgeous nose, very Bordeaux-like with cedar and a touch of gaminess, but flooded with blackcurrant fruit and a touch of spice. Lovely weight on the palate, with copious black fruit, and a structure of toasty, charry oak in the background, and crisp-edged tannins and acidity giving poise and length. Very impressive.
(2006) I was really looking forward to tasting this wine again. In September 2005 it was my wine of the week, but with the qualification that "it may well be an astonishing bargain at , but it won't find a place in my cellar." My problem with the wine was that it was really too much of everything: an impressive display of oak, fruit and tannin, but one that I found overwhelming. One year on, and the nose is plush, floral-edged and aromatic, with little violet and fudge notes and an impressive depth of shiny black fruit. On the palate it still has that massive, smoky, chewy and dense presence. The thick tannins and charry, toasty oak dries and coats the tongue, and the supple, savoury core of fruit. It is undoubtedly an very good wine, though personally I still prefer others here.
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