MontGras 2009 Reserva Carmenere

Posted on January 25, 2011

Located about three hours south of Chile's capital city of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley is one of Chile's premier wine growing regions. Vina MontGras, established nearly twenty years ago, is one of the several large producers in the valley today. They control over 800 hectares of land, with over 200 hectares (560 acres) planted to vines. While focusing mainly on red varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel), they do a handful of whites (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Viognier). 


Winery - Vina MontGras

Location - Calchagua Valley, Chile

Wine - MontGras 2009 Reserva Carmenere

Grape Varieties - Carmenere

Appellation - Colchagua Valley

Alcohol - 14.2% v/v

Price -$14 USD


Nose/Aroma - Black fruit, pepper, and toasted oak. Little bit minty too.

Palate/Flavors - Rhubarb and raspberries, white pepper. Pretty tart, but not overly bitter or astringent. Med finish of toasted oak and dried fruit.

Food Pairing - Usually would go with usual pairing, some red meat. I think it would go well with some spicy foods or anything peppery.

Comments - Nice wine, showing well for how young it is. Definitely a buy and drink type of wine, though it's probably been released a bit early. Good flavors.