It was in 1987 that the original Montes founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, two highly experienced wine professionals, decided to realize their dream of producing high quality wines from Chile. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and expertise to the venture. And thus Montes was born, at first under the name Discover Wine.
Winemaker Aurelio Montes has always maintained that 80% of good wine comes from the vineyards and only 20% from the cellar. So vineyard care is paramount. Montes’ commitment to method and process is almost obsessive; nothing is left to chance. They don’t follow conventional recipes, all that is needed are the best grapes and meticulous care is applied in the selection and the processing of them, from vineyard to winery.
In Chile, Carménère is considered a signature variety. It resurfaced in the country after having been thought to be extinct in its original home in Bordeaux.
You will be glad it did when tasting this superb wine!
The 2012 Purple Angel is a blend of 92% Carménère and 8% Petit Verdot.
In the glass, it is a bright, very deeply colored purple, almost opaque in the center with thick legs that stain the inside of the glass.
On the nose, it is powerful with spicy gingerbread, dark ripe juicy blackberries & raspberries, roasted beets and toasted oak.
Sultry and expansive on the palate with tons of juicy ripe black plums, blackberries, raspberries! Beautiful structure, fleshy tannins, fresh acidity with an intense finish.
Wow… It is definitely a sexy wine. Sexy, full of depth and longing for this song; White Horse's "Baby what's wrong?"