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Viña Montes is a modern-day success story. Started in only 1988, Montes has quickly realized the dream of its founders: pioneering the production of premium quality, “first-growth” Chilean wine respected by critics and trade, while elevating the winemaking profile of Chile on the world stage. Reaching such lofty goals in a very short period of time makes one wonder if the original founders Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand had an angel watching over their...
The 2016 vintage of our Twins Red Blend returns with its distinctive Colchaguan character that intermingles the best of each of the four excellent varieties grown in the valley. Its habitual cherry-red color with violet nuances announces that this is an intense and attractive wine. Its nose is perfumed with elegant aromas of ripe black fruit recalling fig and blackcurrant, typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon from this area. The Syrah makes its presence felt with delicate aromas of sweet spices and leather that heighten the character. Dairy-like notes of pastry cream and light toast reveal some time in French oak barrels. It is fresh and juicy on the palate, due in no small part to the percentage of Tempranillo in the blend. The Carmenère lends smooth, round tannins for a lightly sweet sensation that lingers on its pleasing finish.
The spring was frost free, which allowed for optimal budbreak, foliage development, and flowering. There was no significant rainfall during the summer, which began cool, especially in January. February, however, was one of the hottest in recent years. Temperatures dropped in March, which slowed ripening by approximately 2–3 weeks. The weather conditions remained very favorable until April, which presented 2 very significant episodes of rain in 5 days. Up to 180 mm fell in the Central Valley, which had a great impact on the wine industry and agriculture in general. May brought more rain that complicated the harvest even further, but by that time nearly 100% of the grapes were fermenting in the winery. Generally speaking, the vineyard was able to achieve their goals for quality in all grape varieties. The tannins ripened well, which allowed Montes to harvest earlier with somewhat lower potential alcohol levels and with very good parameters for acidity, rich aromatic intensity, and tremendous color.