In actual fact there are a few from California, but no rush as I am getting all mourvedred up for October!!
WTN: `03 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon--Colchaqua Valley, Chile.
Opened one hour, decanted, 14% alc. Big fan of the Syrah but this one sells well in town and is readily available for under $20 Cdn.
Color. Big dark ruby-red. Medium plus intense centre.
Nose. Pretty closed at first but opens out after hour and a half. Some oak, savoury black fruits. Tobacco and hint of leather, minty.
Palate. Initial mouthfeel entry is juicy, ripe finish, low tannins. Plum,cassis, could use some more acidity. Briary/tobacco after 2 hours, comments around me mentioned 'international style, violets, has some structure, ready now". Think I could have poured straight from the bottle?
Not a lot of real depth here, it`s OK but expected more grip.