Montes "Purple Angel" 2014 (Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 98] [WS 93] [RP 92]

Montes "Purple Angel" 2014
(Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 98] [WS 93] [RP 92]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

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 synch with its aromatic side.

The vineyards destined for our Purple Angel are located in the Marchigüe and Apalta sectors of the Colchagua Valley. The soils are of granitic origin and vary in their clay content, amount of organic matter, depth, and especially in the types of stones of fluvial and glacial origin, which reflects the tremendous diversity of soils in our vineyards. Apalta has very heterogeneous soils and includes zones that are highly influenced by the Tinguiririca River and others that are the product of floods and the detachment of material from high above in the mountains. The soils tend to be deep on the plain and thinner at the foot of the mountain and upper areas. In the case of the Carmenère, the vineyards are preferably planted in the flat zones, where the soil is deeper and has moderate moisture retention. Marchigüe is flatter and has lower hills with moderate slopes. Its soils are shallow—in some cases no more than 60 cm—with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The vineyards are located in flat sectors. The vineyards are located in the flatter zones and are planted at a density of 5,555 plants/hectare
(2,250/acre) and are double guyot trained for a yield of approximately 3.5–4.0 tons/hectare (1.4–1.6 tons/acre). The leaves closest to the fruit were vigorously pulled in early January to leave the fruit completely exposed, which allowed us to achieve even ripening, and even more importantly, to reduce the amount of pyrazines.

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - James Suckling:
"This has a perfect nose of blackberry, tar, black pepper, thyme, cloves and rose petal. Full body and firm and very silky and polished tannins. The finish goes on for minutes. Best ever. Great class. 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2019 but so gorgeous now." - (May 29, 2017)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Svelte and plush, with concentrated dark plum and cherry pie flavors that are loaded with Asian spice notes. Offers a fleshy core, which is flanked by plenty of savory accents. Dark chocolate details show on the finish. Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 15,000 cases made." – KM (Oct 31, 2017)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"If you feel like a big, ripe and well-oaked red, the 2014 Purple Angel is for you. It's super-premium Carmenere with some 8% Petit Verdot. Very dark, opaque, brooding and dense, it boasts plenty of balsamic and smoky aromas and a powerful palate with fine-grained, abundant tannins. There are tons of black fruits and spices from the 18 months in spent in brand new French oak barrels. 96,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutiérrez (28th Apr 2017)