Apalta Valley, Chile
Production of Montes Alpha M is extremely limited and vintages are only released if head winemaker Aurelio Montes considers the vintage up to his demanding standards, going as far as selecting individual grapes rather than bunches at harvest time, eliminating variables that might compromise quality. A beautifully refined red with currant, spice and cedar character. Full body, fine tannins and a long and caressing finish. Drink or hold. Aged 18 months in new French oak and one year in bottle before release. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 5% merlot and 5% petit verdot blend.