Sunday, March 16, 2008

Solid Citizens

Some producers just seem to make good juice year after year. Some do it for reasonable prices as well. These two wines are such specimens, a pair of solid citizens from Chile. The better of the two is the Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua, 2005. Black and impenentrable, this is a prime example of ripe new world Chilean Cab. Full bodied, soft, thick mouthfeel with flavours of ripe black plums and hints of caramel chocolate and espresso. A lingering finish rounds it off. Not complex enough for a "wow" rating, this is still very good juice. Worth trying at $23 and if you like it, stock up (Carlo - I think you'd like this).
The second wine is from a real bargain producer...William Cole Vineyards, Albamar, Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico, 2004. This is drier and less lush than the Montes - with some vegetal notes (tart green pepper) thrown in. Finish is short. A solid "good" wine and a bargain at $15.
I would buy any wine made by these producers blind - I've yet to be disappointed.


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