Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
- Rated 3.5 stars
- Very Good
- Central Valley
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: August 17, 2018
- Last modified: August 17, 2018
Thick on the palate with juicy blackberry, blackcurrant, inky plum, smoked meats, pipe tobacco, dried violets and dried desert scrub herbs. This bold Cabernet Sauvignon is much more refined in 2015 than in previous vintages, with the wood fading more into the background and the alcohol fieriness capped at a respectable 14 degrees. Cab Sauv from Rapel and Colchagua Valleys, plus 10% Merlot, go into this powerful red, one that 55% spent in French wood (1st, 2nd, 3rd use) for a year prior to bottling. Tannins are big and grippy but softened, while cedar and mint scent the briefer finish. Well done to freshen and modernize this compact red.