MONTES ALPHA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007

I’ve had this wine before and enjoyed it. This time there is something there … I taste the smack on varietal cab. Lots of depth and fruit typical of a cab. Very nice. And then … there is something there that just doesn’t belong. I can’t place it. I tried two bottles and the same on both. Just something I can’t put to a description that doesn’t belong. I’m not sure if aging might help it. Don’t get me wrong this is a very nice wine. Alcohol and oaks are well under control. Finish is medium. Fruit is prominent but not grape juice. But there is something there … Overall I would give this an 88. I am a little disappointed I must say. I’ve had a few of these from previous years I have laid down and am anctipating great things from … But this year won’t be occupying space in my cellar. I wish I could be more specific … Now the conundrum, do I return the two I have left or hope that aging removes this … Breathing nor decanting helped so I doubt it …

From the LCBO web site:
MONTES ALPHA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007 VINTAGES 322586 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 21.95 Wine, Red Wine, 14.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D
Made in: Chile, Chile By: Montes S.A.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2009

Description
Here’s an excellent Cab from one of Chile’s most reputable producers. Aged for 12 months in French oak, this well-structured, full-bodied Cab is a fine display of the magic that top Chilean winemakers are able to conjure with this grape. Delicious berry fruit flavours lead to intriguing notes of chocolate, tobacco, vanilla and spice box, and all of these elements are woven beautifully together. Winemaker Aurelio Montes is a hot commodity and this wine shows precisely why.

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