’14 Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

Having openly declared my current infatuation with most Chilean wines lately, this will come as no surprise that Montes’ “budget” offering has impressed. Listed as Wine Spectator’s #42 wine of the year for 2016, it is recognized as one of the best examples of value there is. While some reviews do speak of cherry notes, I don’t get any of that.

What I find is an earthy, minty, black fruit gem with even tannins for under $17 in most places.

One of the best bangs for the buck there is. It also seems to do just fine without decanting, which is helpful if you are staring at the aisle trying to pick between this and Montes’ Syrah for $20-22. That one is also excellent, however at a recent tasting party we all agreed it needed a good hour out of the bottle to settle down.

You should enjoy if you like: black fruit, spiciness, earth, vanilla, mint


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