For a Good Wine: Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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Well we seem to have missed a week with technical problems, but the wine column is now back with a new offering. So despite the calendar we are still seeing some pretty cold weather and I figured it was time to recommend an easily available but tasty South American wine. I tend to shy away from the more commercial offerings, but this wine is a good bargain and full of flavour.

montes.jpgThe Montes Alpha Cab is a good value wine from Chile with a nose of roasted tomatoes, burnt hay and cherry. The palate was a blend of earth, cassis and chocolate. This wine was a bit rough, but it had a really nice flavour profile and a pretty darn good finish given the price point. Its moderate tannins gave it a nice structure but they do not overwhelm. If I have any critique it is that the wine is a bit over-extracted. However, many new to wine will like this intensity in the flavour. This is good for bbq’s, steak and roasted red meats.

 $27 at BC Liquor Stores

Last modified: April 4, 2008

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