MONTES ALPHA Syrah
From our La Finca estate, in the Apalta Valley, the 1999 vintage was our first Syrah. This is the scarcest of our Alpha wines. Yields are very low at only 6 tonnes per hectare. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for one year and has only one soft filtering. In the manner of Rhone producers, Aurelio adds a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, also originating from Apalta, and some Viognier, to the final mixture. Of intense ruby red color, it has a great aroma with floral, tobacco and leather notes. Strong and full-bodied on the palate, with soft and mature tannins. A very long, elegant and satisfying aftertaste. A superb Syrah.
2010Wine Advocate Robert Parker90 pointsDec. 20122009Wine Advocate Robert Parker91 pointsFeb. 20122008Wine Advocate91 pointsDec. 20102008Wine Spectator90 pointsOct. 20102007Wine Spectator90 pointsMay 20102007International Wine Review91 pointsFeb. 2010
2006Wine Spectator91 pointsOct. 20082006Wine Advocate91 pointsOct. 20082006Wine News92 pointsMar. / Apr. / May 20082005Wine Enthusiast90 pointsNov. 20072005Wine Spectator90 pointsAug. 20072004Wine Spectator91 pointsMay 15, 2007
2004Restaurant Wine4 StarsJan. 2007
Wine and Food Attributes
Full, oak intense, leather, floral.
Wild game like boar or venison, there is a floral component to our Syrah that should also be matched in the sauce or seasoning. Dry rubs and red wine reductions are perfect.