Tables laid out with wine glasses adorned with the proper labels, everything looking so posh and put together. Winemaker Aurelio Montes Jr. is setting up for an evening of wine tasting, mingling with wine enthusiasts while sampling small bites.
As we settle into our places, the sampling of wines begin: the perfect combination of extreme terroir and bountiful winemaking. In 1988 a project began to create high quality wines in Chile. A mixture of clay and stone that roll down the mountains, allowing for good root development, produces optimal nutrient extraction. The resulting wines are well-balanced, concentrated and aromatic.
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (ripe black and red berries, hints of coffee and caramel), Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (strawberries, ripe cherries, notes of toast, toffee and vanilla) , Purple Angel 2012 – my favorite (aromas of pastries, oak, and a touch of cinnamon), Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc (passion fruit, hints of lime accompanied by asparagus notes) Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (red fruits, plums, jammy, aromatic vanilla and caramel), and finally Montes Twins 2012 (hints of plums from Malbec, subtle note of vanilla and liqueur).
We sampled each wine, taking note of the different characteristics while learning about the intricate winemaking process which involves the weather, terroir profile and harvest time. My mother and I were so impressed we literally went out to the LCBO and bought a few of the wines sampled tonight – still looking for Purple Angel though…