Montes

Montes Alpha Colchagua Valley Syrah

8.9335 ratings
8.829 pro ratings
Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Central Valley, Chile
Syrah
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

Unquestionably one of the best Syrahs I’ve encountered outside of France (okay, no, I haven’t tried enough, but still). Wonderfully rounded body, tons of mocha notes and a very lengthy finish. Not sure if other vintages are as good, but this one bangs.

Unquestionably one of the best Syrahs I’ve encountered outside of France (okay, no, I haven’t tried enough, but still). Wonderfully rounded body, tons of mocha notes and a very lengthy finish. Not sure if other vintages are as good, but this one bangs.

Jan 9th, 2019
Allison Lyzenga

Medium purple; medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, blueberry, farmyard, summer sausage, licorice, cedar, vanilla ; developing; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, medium body, medium plus intensity flavors of blackberry, sweet spices, vanilla

Medium purple; medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, blueberry, farmyard, summer sausage, licorice, cedar, vanilla ; developing; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, medium body, medium plus intensity flavors of blackberry, sweet spices, vanilla

Jan 16th, 2018
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

8.8

Fun wine. Not amazing but really good quality for the money. Drinks like old world

Fun wine. Not amazing but really good quality for the money. Drinks like old world

Dec 1st, 2017
MaJ CappS

Big wine with a bit o' burn. (Think the roar of chewbacca) earthen oil, gritty oak, cured tobacco leaf. Tall dark and pretty.

Big wine with a bit o' burn. (Think the roar of chewbacca) earthen oil, gritty oak, cured tobacco leaf. Tall dark and pretty.

2 people found it helpfulJun 26th, 2015
Ron R
9.1

So consistent, and represents great value for money. Smooth, lithe and open-knit. Hints of caramel, olives and spice box on the nose. Plush texture and wonderful weight. Blackberries and blueberries are evident. Perfect tannic and acid structure. This is a fun quaff.

So consistent, and represents great value for money. Smooth, lithe and open-knit. Hints of caramel, olives and spice box on the nose. Plush texture and wonderful weight. Blackberries and blueberries are evident. Perfect tannic and acid structure. This is a fun quaff.

1 person found it helpfulNov 6th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.2

Dark and deep ruby red. Green notes, guava, petrol and twigs on the nose. Still a little dirty and light dark fruits after an hour or two. A little metallic on the finish. Light tannins (4.5/10) and light bodied. Medium finish with slight fruit on the palate. A bit green too. Drink till 2017.

Dark and deep ruby red. Green notes, guava, petrol and twigs on the nose. Still a little dirty and light dark fruits after an hour or two. A little metallic on the finish. Light tannins (4.5/10) and light bodied. Medium finish with slight fruit on the palate. A bit green too. Drink till 2017.

1 person found it helpfulNov 1st, 2016
Will Stanley

This wine has got better and better. On the third day is drinking beautifully. Straight out of bottle, it was tannic and very much an introvert. Having been opened and decanted, however, this Syrah is in its element. Classic notes of dark cherries and dried red meats (particularly game) ooze into a savoury chocolate mid-palate. The finish graces your taste buds with an espresso martini that seems endless. For the money, this is a superb wine. Rated 92/100 by Wine Spectator in 2015.

This wine has got better and better. On the third day is drinking beautifully. Straight out of bottle, it was tannic and very much an introvert. Having been opened and decanted, however, this Syrah is in its element. Classic notes of dark cherries and dried red meats (particularly game) ooze into a savoury chocolate mid-palate. The finish graces your taste buds with an espresso martini that seems endless. For the money, this is a superb wine. Rated 92/100 by Wine Spectator in 2015.

1 person found it helpfulJul 21st, 2016
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

8.8

New oak on the nose along with mulling spices and dark fruit. Palate is restrained and elegant. Berries, firm tannin, pepper, some vegetal qualities.

New oak on the nose along with mulling spices and dark fruit. Palate is restrained and elegant. Berries, firm tannin, pepper, some vegetal qualities.

Jan 12th, 2017
Adam Knoerzer

Dark ruby and lip-smacking fruit bursts from the glass.

Dark ruby and lip-smacking fruit bursts from the glass.

Nov 30th, 2016
Wine101Hamden

Very suspicious. Did not realize that Montes Alpha line was offered in either "estate bottled" or "dry farmed" which would explain maybe why this #Syrah is so damn tannic. Nose is wonderful with pepper/earthy notes but way tannic than I remember the last bottle of 2012 to be and furthermore way too tannic than other 2012 Syrah'a that I've been enjoying from Chile. Hmm?? Scooby Dooby Doo where are you? We got some work to do now. Not a horrible wine. Just needs some time to develop or better yet a steak to tear up!

Very suspicious. Did not realize that Montes Alpha line was offered in either "estate bottled" or "dry farmed" which would explain maybe why this #Syrah is so damn tannic. Nose is wonderful with pepper/earthy notes but way tannic than I remember the last bottle of 2012 to be and furthermore way too tannic than other 2012 Syrah'a that I've been enjoying from Chile. Hmm?? Scooby Dooby Doo where are you? We got some work to do now. Not a horrible wine. Just needs some time to develop or better yet a steak to tear up!

May 4th, 2016