Montes "Folly" Syrah 2011 (Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [WS 94] [RP 93] [WE 92]

Montes "Folly" Syrah 2011
(Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 97] [WS 94] [RP 93] [WE 92]


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About the Winery:
Montes is the maker of Alpha M, Folly, Purple Angel and more; this winery BEAT Opus One, First Growth Bordeaux Haut-Brion, Chateau Montelena and Sassicaia in Blind Tastings!

Here is what Robert Parker's Wine Advocate had to say about this winery:
 
"Chile has made enormous progress in recent years. At present, this South American country produces wines that can satisfy any consumer's desires, from cheap quaffing wines to world-class age worthy reds." 
- Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Oct. 2008)

Montes Folly is a pure Syrah grown on the very steepest slopes of the winery's "la Finca de Apalta" vineyard, in Apalta Valley, with an inclination exceeding 45°. These high reaches are home to the superb grapes that become Montes Folly, Chile's first ultra-premium Syrah.


Notes from the Winemaker:

Montes Folly is a pure Syrah grown on the very highest slopes of our "la Finca de Apalta" vineyard, in Apalta Valley, with an inclination exceeding 45°. These high reaches are home to the superb grapes that become Mones Folly, Chile's first ultra-premium Syrah.

Montes Folly has a strong deep ruby red color. In the nose the wine is both very intense and elegant with lively black fruits as blackberries, blueberries and plums with hints of chocolate aromas.

On the mouth the wine is layered and dense, showing exceptional complexity and structure, while blackberry, boysenberry, mocha, espresso and fine spice flavors are supported by velvety and powerful tannins followed by a fresh acidity and a very long finish.

Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, rib eye steak, lamb, venison, baby back pork ribs.

Technical Data:
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 15.2%
pH: 3.39 g/l
TA: 3.38 g/l

Ratings & Reviews



97 Points & #4 on the Top 100 Wines of 2015Rank #4 Top 100 Wine of 2015 - James Suckling:
"Fabulous aromas of dark berries and granite. Flowers and sliced raw meat too. Full-bodied and velvety with incredible length. Clearly the best syrah of Chile. Very exciting. A great year for syrah with a long hang time. Aged for 18 months in new French oak that is imperceptible. Drink now." (July 6th, 2015)

94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A ripe, rich and elegant red, offering refined yet powerful flavors of blackberry, dark plum, dark cherry and boysenberry. Very creamy midpalate, showing some notes of black licorice and pepper. The long finish is intensely spicy, with some savory accents. Syrah. Drink now through 2019. 600 cases made." - KM (May 31, 2014)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2011 Folly Syrah is pure Syrah from the upper slopes of the Montes vineyard in the Apalta Valley. It has a serious, somehow closed, backward nose, and it takes time to show the aromas of ripe plums, olives and raspberries as they are also covered by the notes of the wood, but the palate seems to have the stuffing to balance the wood tannins and improve in bottle. It’s quite full-bodied, with good freshness and focused varietal flavors. Give it some more time; this is a very good Syrah that requires some patience. Drink 2015-2020." - Luis Gutierrez (Jun 2014)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Loamy, dark, rich aromas of pastry, blackberry, blueberry and turned earth scream "ripe" In the mouth, this is bulky but focused. Flavors of black fruits, chocolate, fig, herbs and spice finish with notes of tobacco, raw oak, mint and bright acidity. Drink now through 2019." - Michael Schachner (8/1/2014)