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The history of Montes seems like a dream, and that’s truly how it began, gradually becoming reality. It was in 1987 that Montes’ two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both highly experienced wine professionals, wanted to realize their dream of producing Chilean wines a quantum-leap higher in quality than the standards of the time. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and...
Intense carmine red in color with tremendous aromatic potency and a predominance of ripe red and black fruit, dairy notes, and a certain contribution of sweet spices, biscuits, and pastries. 18 months in oak barrels contributed aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, nutmeg, and toast that harmonize very well with the ripe fruit. The palate has good structure, is correctly balanced, and has very well-rounded tannins in perfect harmony with the acidity from the 8% Petit Verdot in the final blend. It is creamy and lush with a long and persistent finish. Flavorful and very much in sync with its aromatic side.
The 2012–2013 season was cooler than normal in all of Chile’s wine regions, which delayed the onset of budbreak and flowering with respect to the previous season. December was rather cold and registered precipitation in the central zone, resulting in a vigorous elongation of the berries, which in turn tended to make the bunches heavier. A cold January not only delayed veraison, but extended its duration. Furthermore, precipitation put the most sensitive varieties at risk. Daytime temperatures were definitely cooler during the ripening period, although February presented days with high temperature peaks that put the grapes at a level of ripeness that was very similar to that of 2012 on the same date.