I love when I open a bottle of wine and I am pleasantly surprised. I really had no idea what to expect when I uncorked the bottle of Montes Alpha Syrah 2009 that arrived at my door. I haven’t had too many Chilean Syrahs and I have only ever tried one other wine from Montes. After a few sips, I realized that it wouldn’t be hard to finish the bottle.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Montes Alpha Syrah 2009 is 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Viognier from Chile’s Colchagua Valley. It has 14.8% alcohol and retails for $21. For more information visit www.monteswines.com.
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Montes Alpha Syrah pours a dark reddish-purple in the glass. The nose has earthy aromas of blueberry, leather, and spice. Tastes of dark fruit, tart cherries, and tobacco fill the wine’s silky palate. The finish is smooth and spicy with earthy undertones. A rich yet elegant Syrah that drinks well beyond its price point.
My Wine Rating- A-
Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Syrah with braised lamb shoulder, spiced short ribs, or portabella burgers.