2009 Montes Chardonnay Alpha

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Montes
Variety: Chardonnay
Designation: Alpha
Region: Chile
Sub-region: Aconcagua, Casablanca Valley
ABV: 14.0%
Price: $25 (BC LDB), $25 (EWine)

He says: I’m a big fan of Montes, and I think they offer some of the best value red wines in the BC market. However, I wasn’t very impressed by this Chardonnay as I found it a bit boring, and bordering on overly vegetal. I could have sworn this was a Sauvignon Blanc with it’s asparagus notes on the nose. Not my favorite, and there are better values out there.

She says: The Montes was a more typical warm climate chardonnay with its strong tropical fruit notes and a wack of oak to chew on. It also had some funky aromas and flavours like banana and a hint of vegetal. Toasty and rich, this wine was overshadowed by the more elegant Chalk Hill. Bigger is not always better.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- lemon
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, apple, pineapple, vegetal, asparagus, oak
Tastes like: Dry, med acidity, med body, med intensity, citrus, green apple, toast, med alcohol, med finish
Summary: Average, Ready to Drink

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.