Perhaps you have heard of Chile’s Montes Wines, a portfolio of wines garnering awards and accolades from around the world. Not only has Montes produced wines of premium quality (think Montes Alpha or Alpha M), they have set the standard for other Chilean producers with their Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere, and more. Their brands include Outer Limits with estates in Zapallar, Apalta, and Itata and Kaiken Premium Wines started in 2002 in Mendoza, Argentina.
Montes has now ventured into some of the best wine regions in California. Recently, I was sent samples of 2011 StarAngel Pinot Noir, 2008 StarAngel Red Wine, and Napa Angel Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 for tasting and review. This flight of Angels was indeed enjoyable and after a several sips, quite inspirational.
Aurelio Montes, a reknown winemaker, world traveler, and “creator of superb Cabernet Sauvignon in all wine regions of Chile, Bordeaux, and Mendoza” brought his energy and passion to Napa Valley where, in 2006, he searched for the best grapes in three regions: Yountville, Coombsville, and Oak Knoll. The Napa Angel 2008 is Cabernet Sauvignon based. Aromas of spice, red jammy fruit, blackberries, blueberries, and plums were thick and luscious. On the palate, chewy tannins, plenty of acidity, fresh fruit flavors, raspberries, leather, and toast contributed to a balanced and round mouthfeel with spice on the rich finish. Just be sure to decant for about an hour prior to tasting for optimal enjoyment. Paired with roast chicken and ratatouille the Cabernet was just wonderful. Cost is $56.
“Angels have always been our inspiration, hence the name. Angels have always guided us and, we are convinced, contribute to bring our wines to your table, for your enjoyment.” – 2008 StarAngel Red Wine (back label)
Cheers to this flight of Angels from Montes! ~ Cindy