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Professional Ratings: 89 The Wine Advocate, 88 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Chile, South America
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 107634
On the nose the Montes Alpha Chardonnay is a powerful and fruity wine that showcases the wonderful character of its premium Casablanca Chardonnay grapes. Banana, pineapple and tropical fruits become evident on the mouth, accompanied by a well integrated French oak that adds elegance to the wine without covering its flavors. The finish is long and very pleasant.
A wine of great softness and creaminess that maintains the characteristic freshness of the Casablanca Valley.
The 2009 Alpha Chardonnay was fermented and aged sur lie with batonnage for 12 months in French oak with 40% of the wine put through malolactic fermentation. Notions of pear, white fruits, and buttered popcorn inform the nose of a layered, creamy-textured wine with nicely integrated oak, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Drink this classy effort over the next 3-4 years.
A little flat and resiny on first take, with a lot of toast and oaky sweetness to the nose. The palate is propped up by citrusy acidity, which adds sweet fruit and spice flavors. Citrusy acids are the key to keeping this oaky wine's head above water.