Silverdale, WA 15% alc. (Purchased on 9/26/14)
Cellared and Bottled by Montes USA, Napa. Back label says Montes of Chile started Napa Angel in 2006. “As the foremost Syrah producer in Chile, Aurelio (Montes) felt an instant attraction to the Paso Robles region…where this grape variety grows magnificently.”
Nearly opaque deep, dark, brooding purple/ruby color. Seriously tight and closed on opening, it really takes a couple of hours to even begin showing anything in the nose. And even then it’s reluctant to open up. Initially showed some stemminess and a strange automotive oil quality, but eventually I got blackberry, black plum and tar. In the mouth, there’s plenty of sweet fruit, loads of tannin, decent acidity and flavors of more blackberry and dark plum. Chewy and a bit hot (15% alcohol) in the finish. Back label says to enjoy it for over seven years (that’s now!). I suspect it’ll do fine for at least a few more years, but I’ve had wines like this that I’ve cellared and ended up with all tannin, no fruit. A robust, well-constructed and very tasty Paso Robles red that others seem to have enjoyed.
Those of you who have been following our blog for a while know that I’m not one to decant much of anything. And I didn’t decant this wine. But…back label also says, “Decanting is recommended”. I’m currently flinching as I say…I concur that decanting is likely a good idea. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve opened a bottle of wine this tightly wound…and waiting it out in the glass could be an arduous task. So go ahead and decant…and pour vigorously…and your first glass might taste a little more flavorful than my first one did. JWC…I suspect that this Montes is for you.