The 2015 season was dry with considerable luminosity and very good temperatures, which enabled the fruit to develop without threat of disease. Despite a summer with very high temperatures, including some historic peaks in March, the grapes reached the winery without excesses of dehydration, and therefore the alcohol levels are well balanced. The grapes were very healthy upon arrival at the winery and resulted in wines with very good color and tannins, and excellent phenolic ripeness. We changed some of the techniques used in the winery this season, such as fermenting at lower temperatures, while maintaining our policy on not macerating with stems and avoiding the excessive use of mechanical procedures. These modifications have resulted in wines that are very elegant and balanced with beautiful color and especially great harmony. The grapes for this season’s Montes Alpha Carmenère were harvested on staggered dates between April 15 and May 13. The Montes Alpha Carmenère is a deep and intense ruby red in color with bright violet nuances. The nose recalls ripe black berry fruit and plums with notes of black pepper and chocolate. The palate is especially smooth, well structured, and balanced with nicely rounded tannins and a long, pleasing finish.
SUGGESTIONS Cellaring Recommendations: May be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 or more years. Recommended Serving Temperature: 17° to 19° C (62° – 66° F) Decanting: Recommended for 30 minutes. Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce.
TECHNICAL DATA Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley. Vine Selection: Clones: massal selection of Carmenère vines. Filtration: Through cartridge filters prior to bottling. Vineyard Yield: 7 tons per hectare (2.8 tons per acre). Grape Varieties: Carmenère 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. Oak Aging: 55% of the wine was aged for 12 months in first-use French oak barrels. BASIC ANALYSIS Alcohol 14.5° Total Acidity (H2 SO4) 3.63 g/lt. Residual Sugar 3.06 g/lt. pH 3.51 Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2) 0.53 g/lt. Free So2 0.031 g/lt. BASIC ANALYSIS