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Montes Folly 2004
Elegant, intense, well structured. The Syrah grapes were hand picked (at night) from the steep slopes in perfect conditions of health and ripeness. The wine has a beautiful deep ruby red color. Dry fruits, marmalade, vanilla very well integrated and dark mature fruits. In the mouth, the wine show sweet and soft tannins, and besides is equilibrated gentle, rounded, robust, wide and dense with a very long lasting palate. The Montes Folly style is unbeatable.
Shows lovely crushed blueberry and currant fruit aromas and flavors, with well-integrated toast and plenty of mineral, briar, mocha and bacon notes on the round, full-bodied finish. Could use some modest cellaring, but this is approachable now. Syrah. Drink now through 2009.Score: 93. —James Molesworth, May 15, 2007.
The 2004 Montes Folly is 100% Syrah from the Apalta Vineyard. It offers a splendid perfume of mineral, meat, game, and wild blueberries. This is followed by a mouth-filling, youthful wine, with nicely integrated oak, tannin, and acidity, and a very long finish. Give this wine 4-6 years of additional bottle age and drink it through 2027. Over recent years, Montes has been one of the standard-bearers of quality wines from Chile under the leadership of Aurelio Montes. The lineup is top-notch from entry level to top-of-the-line.Score: 92. —Jay Miller, June 2007.
Opens with tobacco, leather and prune, and two sniffs is all you need to determine that this is something special. The '04 Folly seems more subdued and maybe a bit more balanced than previous efforts, which stressed power and extract. This wine has some snap to go with the expected black fruit, chocolate and black olive flavors and accents.Score: 91. —Michael Schachner, May 01, 2007.
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