Montes Alpha, Syrah
Staff Pick

Montes Alpha, Syrah - 2021

Item # 11909 750mL

A full-bodied, aromatic red wine that is deep ruby in color. The wine was aged in French oak barrels adding a toasty, spiced aroma on the palate. Ripe yet balanced and elegant. Pair with steak and potatoes.

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Staff Pick Notes

I love an amazing Syrah and I love a bargain and this wine is most definitely both, and you’re in good hands with this one because Montes Alpha are OGs in the Chile wine game and consistently over deliver on quality wines at a guilt free everyday sipper price (we have a couple of others, definitely check ‘em out). This budget barnstormer is ninety percent perfectly ripened Colchaqua valley Syrah with supporting cast dashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and golden Viognier. A lovely nose of ripe blackberries, fig, and crème de cassis simply sing with an easy going and playful subtext of leather and dark chocolate. Rich acidity and smooth as silk tannins give us a palate of tremendous structure. Great right out of the bottle but give it a little time to take you on its journey. Pair with irresponsibly large chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano.

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Glossary

Chile

Chilean winemakers are known for opening their arms to forgotten European grape varieties, nursing them back to health, and then releasing them back to the rest of the world - and we can’t thank them enough for it. Chile’s friendly, delicious Carmenères are the best example, but Chile is generally one of the most consistent sources of delicious, ready-to-drink, approachable wines. Cabernet Sauvignons from Chile are just as crowd-pleasing as the Carmenères, and keep an eye out for velvety,...

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Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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Viognier

Some of the most intriguing wines associated with the white Viognier grape contain hardly any Viognier at all: in the Côte Rôtie appellation, wine must be made principally from the red Syrah grape, but up to 20 percent (often far less) can be of white Viognier. The practice of adding Viognier to Syrah began as a way of taming the very ripe, tannic reds of the hot Côte Rôtie ("roasted slope"), but it produced such incredible results that other countries, most notably Australia, have followed...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California, positioning it at the forefront of the New World wine scene as well. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon has a...

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