Vina Montes, based in Chile, produces red and white wines with grapes sourced from four estates in the Curico and Colchagua valleys.
The 2009 Purple Angel was produced utilizing 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot from Colchagua Valley. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels and is labeled as 14.5% ABV.
Several wineries in Chile are doing great things with the Carmenere variety. Montes is one of them.
While I did enjoy my first tasting with this vintage, this outing found me liking it even more.
I gave the wine a one hour decant.
At the forefront of the nose, floral notes and chocolate were present. Red and black fruit were also detected.
Notable on the palate were plum, black currant, blackberry, strawberry and chocolate. Unlike my first visit with Purple Angel, the alcohol didn’t come through on the nose or the palate.
The finish was long, bringing with it blackberry and softened tannins. The tannins were much smoother on this trip than the last. A full meal, as opposed to assorted cheeses, was a better compliment to this wine (although I’d have it with cheese again!).
My meal began with a balsamic dressed arugula, onion, and black olive salad with Parmesan cheese and black Hawaiian sea salt. The main course was grilled cheese and parsley chicken sausage with a side of steamed broccoli and a few slices of crusty peasant bread. The wine was a tremendous match for the entire meal. Purple Angel will pair superbly with any grilled or roasted meat or poultry. It would likely overpower a light fish dish, but it might work with a heartier one (I will perform more research in this area!).
The 2009 Montes Purple Angel was $65. That may be a bit pricy, but it is a great representation of the Carmenere variety. There are less expensive Carmeneres available, and if you have not acquainted yourself with this grape, I strongly suggest you give it a try (Angel or no Angel).