Montes Purple Angel 2015
|Region||Chile, Colchagua, Apalta Valley|
This is perhaps the greatest Purple Angel ever. Full body, tight and compressed with an amazing texture and density. Fantastic fine tannins that are silky and polished. I love the energy and intensity. A blend of 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. One for the cellar but I can't wait to drink it again.
Sappy, rooty aromas of baked black fruit, spice cake and chocolate announce a supremely ripe Carmenère (with 8% Petit Verdot) that's as lush, chewy and dense on the palate as possible without being overdone. Massive blackberry, cassis, chocolate and baking spice flavors finish toasty and rich. While this turns over no new stones, it's decidedly appealing. Drink through 2021.
A lithe red, with crushed red fruit and dried berry flavors that feature hints of paprika and white pepper. Dried savory herb notes show on the rich and fairly tannic finish. Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022.
The bottle of the 2015 Purple Angel looks like a magnum, but it's only big, like the wine it contains. This is a ripe, heady and generously oaked blend of Carmenere with 8% Petit Verdot that has abundant herbal and spicy aromas and flavors. It matured in brand new French barriques for 18 months. So you can imagine it's going to be quite oaky, and the texture shows some grainy tannins that are going to require some more time in bottle to get polished. It finishes dry, with some astringency. Very 1990s. Will it come into balance with bottle age?