Deep purplish-red in color. The intense nose offers pleasing notes of ripe blackberries, figs, and dried plums. Spicy notes of nutmeg and black pepper complement a backdrop of tobacco, leather, and a subtle hint of balsamic and dark chocolate aromas. The palate is well balanced, lush, and structured, with soft tannins that lead to a long and very elegant finish.
Highly recommended with red meats, stir-fried beef and vegetables, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, lamb chops, and mushroom ravioli. - Winemaker Notes
93 points -James Suckling
"Lots of moss and oyster shell to the black fruit. Some black olives, dried herbs and dried flowers. Medium-bodied and very firm. Slightly austere, but so fresh and delicious. Plush, yet dry at the end. Really delicious. Drink or hold."
90 points - Vinous
"A Carménère with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, both from Colchagua, this “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” as Aurelio Montes Jr. described it, is chocolaty with intense raspberry and blackberry aromas over black and bell pepper. Robust and indulgent, it has firm tannins, an ample palate, good body and a cleansing finish of black fruit."
90 points - Wine Spectator
"Intense minerality accents the well-honed dark cherry, currant and plum flavors, loaded with savory richness. Slate and dried green herbal notes fill the structured finish. Drink now through 2024."
90 points - Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: "The 2018 Montes Alpha Carmenère does an excellent job in defining this grape variety. TASTING NOTES: This wine is fresh and bright with aromas and flavors of red currants, dried herbs, and a hint of earth. Enjoy it with grilled pork kebabs. "(Tasted: February 22, 2021, San Francisco, CA)