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Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2009
100% Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley. This wine has 6 months of aging in French oak and a very soft filtering. Aurelio believes it has strong varietal character and a great complexity. Somewhat darker color than the typical Pinots, it has a deeper ruby color. The aroma is that of a classic Pinot Noir, with very floral notes with hints of violets and berries. To the palate, fine vanilla tastes and a medium body. A very satisfying wine with long, smooth and elegant finish. Few minutes of decantation is reccomended.
Smells good and true, with dry spice and catchy red-fruit aromas. The palate is solid but not at all heavy, with lively red berry and exotic spice flavors. Lengthy and pure through the long finish, and overall this is the best Montes Pinot we've come across and also one of the best from Chile.Score: 89. —Michael Schachner, September 01, 2010.
Good Pinot character, some elegance, sweet red fruits, silky, good balance and length.Score: 88. —Jay Miller, October 2010.
There is a nice buttery edge to the black cherry and spice flavors, with a dash of briar on the finish to keep this honest. Tasty. Drink now. 4,500 cases imported.Score: 87. —James Molesworth, 2010.
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