The 2016 Montes Purple Angel boasts an impressive deep purplish-red color and outstanding aromas of ripe red and black berries, sweet spices, dark chocolate, and mocha notes. The palate is structured with soft, ample tannins. Acidity from the Petit Verdot lends juiciness and enable excellent and exceptional aging potential. The remarkable finish is elegant and intensely complex.
Varietal Composition: 92% Carmenere, 8% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Aging: 80% aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% new
Farming Practices: "Certified Green"
Winemaker: Aurelio Montes, Jr.
98 Points - James Suckling
"The complexity of this is something very special with dark berries, hot stone, iodine, and oyster shells. Full-bodied, very tight and polished with creamy tannins that envelop your palate, caressing every inch. Deep and dark fruit and wet earth at the finish." -JS, 4/5/19
94 Points - Wine Spectator
"An opulent and spicy red, with notes of bourbon vanilla and hints of cardamom to the mouthwatering flavors of cherry pie, blackberry and plum tart. The juicy finish lingers with chocolate and cream accents, and a touch of dried green herb. Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 17,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported." -KM, 5/31/19
94 Points, "Editors' Choice" - Wine Enthusiast
"Ripe berry aromas are supported by notes of coffee, mocha, smoldering charcoal and baking spices. A flush palate brings the fruit in quantity, while the flavors are all about quality and emphasize blackened, spicy blackberry, mocha and toast. Given that 2016 was a tough year for red wines in Chile, this is a big success. Drink through 2025." -MS, 9/1/19