2009 MontGras 200 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere, Chile $4.99

Silverdale, WA    14.5% alc.    (Purchased on 10/5/13)

IMG_1219Back label says this wine is a celebration of Chile’s 200th anniversary as a sovereign and independent nation.  It’s 70% Cabernet from the Maipo Valley and 30% Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley aged for eight months in French and American oak.

Dark sludge on the bottom of the cork and inside the neck of the bottle.  Pours nearly opaque deep purple/ruby with a youthful lilac rim.  Seductive, aromatic nose of dark fruit (plum and blackberry), some mint and black coffee with just a hint of tart pie cherry and some smoked meat qualities.  With sweet fruit and oak on the front of the tongue, this red is hugely tannic, but perfectly balanced with excellent acidity.  Gives a coarse, rough feel in the mouth, but the flavors are wonderful: expresso, dark chocolate, cigar box cedar, mint, earth, blackberry, dark plum and cherry.  There’s just a touch of green character in the finish, but it doesn’t detract in the least.

I tend to prefer Argentinian reds to those from Chile, but this may be the best Chilean red I’ve ever had (in my limited Chilean red experience).  Should benefit greatly from cellaring.  Appears to be very limited in quantity.


2 thoughts on “2009 MontGras 200 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere, Chile $4.99

  1. lim13 Post author

    Opened a bottle of this tonight…astounding!…little has changed since my original post above nearly five years ago. My notes: Two more years since my last bottle (which I did not review here); still clear dark purple/ruby; tar, espresso and black plum in the nose with no sign of any green vegetal aromas; in the mouth it’s viscous and smooth, yet chewy and huge at the same time; flavors of more tar, espresso and dark plum along with tobacco and earth; mouth coating tannins, great acidity and perfect balance add to the lengthy finish; this is one beautiful, long-lasting wine and likely the best red I’ve had to date from Chile; an absolute steal for five bucks; only wish I had bought a case, but I have but one bottle left (which I will “lose” in my cellar to try again years from now).

  2. jwc

    Hope to see this MontGras blend in Portland, have always enjoyed their wines. The price at GO, more than half off normal retail, thanks Lim13.


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