Chile’s First Ultra-Premium Syrah
Montes Folly is an adventurous wine of exceptional quality; at same level of excellence level as Montes Alpha M, but as different in styles as the untamed sound of a sax in a jazz concert is to a Stradivarius violin at the opera. One wild; one classical. Both stunning; both reaching wine heaven.
Montes Folly grapes are grown on the steepest, highest slopes of our Finca de Apalta estate, in the Apalta Valley, where the incline is greater than 45 degrees. At less than 4 tonnes per hectare, yields are extremely low; grapes and clusters are much smaller and thus more concentrated than those from the vineyard´s lower slopes.
They deliver more color, tannins, and flavors, making Montes Folly richly complex and powerful. Harvest time on the steep vineyards requires a degree of gymnastics from our agile pickers. Grapes are hand-selected and sorted on a special selection tables: any grape not up to the quality required is discarded. Once in the tank, a bleeding of 20% is made to concentrate flavor, tannins and color. True to terroir, fermentation is triggered and completed by the grapes’ natural wild yeasts. The wine is aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. There is no fining and only one very light filtration before bottling. Production is limited to just 9,000 bottles. Our hopes and dreams go out with each and every bottle of Montes Folly.
2010Wine Spectator95 pointsOct. 20122008Wine Advocate Robert Parker92 pointsDec. 20122007Wine Advocate Robert Parker95 pointsFeb 12. 20122007Gismondi91 pointsDec 20. 20112006International Wine Review94 pointsFeb. 20102006Wine Enthusiast93 pointsJul. 2009
2006Robert Parker94 pointsJun. 20092006Wine Spectator94 pointsMay 20092005Wine Advocate94 pointsOct. 20082005Wine Spectator94 pointsMay 15. 20082005Wine News94 pointsMar. / Apr. / May 20082004Wine Enthusiast91 pointsMay 2007
2004Wine Spectator93 pointsMay 20072004Luxury Web95 pointsApr. 2007
Wine and Food Attributes
Dense, black plum, dark chocolate.
This is a dark and intense Syrah, it needs a braised meat such as short ribs, rich wine sauces but not too much spice.