So I promised, or at least strongly hinted, that I would move away from French wines for a while since they have been so prevalent in my "Wine of the Week" and a couple of my blogs (although you have to admit that the new picture with me wearing that blue beret is awfully darn cute).
So I did some checking and tried to find somewhere that was about as far as I could get from France. Now, since the circumference of the earth is around 24,900 miles, the farthest I could be would be right around 12,000 or so miles (12,450, but who's counting). Interestingly, I found out that New Zealand is just a skosh under 12,000 miles. That's pretty close. Then I thought, I've done a fair amount of those New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, although they are starting to produce some nicer Pinot Noirs. For now, I'm tabling the Pinot thing, maybe in a future "Wine of the Week."
Now it just so happens that I had this particular weekend off from doing any wine tastings. Not sure how that happened, but it does occasionally. So what did I do? You probably guessed right and said, "I went to a wine tasting." You know me so well. Anyway, it was a tasting of "Summer Wines." A lot of white wines and easy drinking reds. Nice lineup actually. Being one that likes to "buck the trend" so to speak, I of course was drawn to what was to be the biggest red wine of the tasting. Coincidentally, it was from the Colchagua Valley in Chili. Now that happens to be a little over 7,000 from France. Good Enough!!
Next interesting thing was that it is a wine that I do own and have been fortunate to have had "sips" of previously. I did likewise this day and at once my mind shifted gears (it has 6 gears with a couple missing) and remembered that at home is my new (well, newly used) trusty gadget, my Coravin!
Wanting to make sure that I give my review the attention it deserves, I managed to return home and grab that bottle of wine and my Coravin and pour myself a glass in which to perform my review. Okay, I guess the suspense has gone on long enough. The wine is:
Montes Purple Angel 2014
This is a somewhat unusual wine, made from 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot that sees 100% New French Oak aging for 18 months. Click here for tech sheet. Excellent reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate but an outstanding review from James Suckling at 98 Points makes this a wine I wanted in the first place. Knowing that Suckling has a propensity for more rustic and savory styles, this should be something to consider before purchasing. While the fruit is very nice, the earthiness and drier spice notes take center stage. Those same qualities are what makes this wine an excellent food wine, especially for big red meat dishes. Darn, I knew I should have stopped and gotten a piece of beef tenderloin....
Wait! I only poured a glass, using my Coravin, so I still have time to run out and retrieve that piece of meat for next time. Maybe I should look into being a distributor for Coravin, I'm really getting to like this.
As one might discern, this wine isn't on the everyday price list. Coming in around $75, makes this a wine for that special occasion or, like me if you have a Coravin, something to relish for some time. While the 2014 Vintage may still be available, if you see 2015, I wouldn't hesitate. While not reviewed elsewhere, Suckling gave the 2015 a 99 Point Review!
Where to next week? Not sure, but it won't be France.