2006 Montes Alpha Syrah Folly
The 2006 Folly is a world class Syrah (not only because of the superb Ralph Steadman label). It is sourced from a ridiculously steep vineyard in Apalta and aged for 18 months in new French oak. Inky black in color, it reveals a super-expressive nose of toasty new oak, pepper, lavender, game, incense, and blueberry. Voluptuous on the palate but not heavy, it has gobs of sweet fruit, layers of flavor, a firm structure, and 5-7 years of aging potential. Drink this impeccably balanced, lengthy effort from 2015 to 2026.
Aurelio Montes remains one of Chile's great innovators and quality leaders. His latest releases are first class from entry level to the top of the portfolio.
by Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com Issue #183, June 2009
--The Wine Advocate
Rich and lush, but with superb poise, this offers a huge core of crushed plum, raspberry ganache and macerated currant fruit that easily absorbs its dark, coffee-tinged toast and muscular, loamy undertow. The finish is powerful, but well-knit. Should age nicely. Syrah. Best from 2010 through 2014. 8,200 cases made. –JM
May 31, 2009
Inky ruby. Powerful scents of blackcurrant, raspberry, Asian spices and vanilla. Supple and sweet on the palate, offering broad red and dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and a velvety texture. The tannins seem invisible. Plenty alluring, with excellent finishing clarity and persistence, but the price is hardly shy. 90 points
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 09
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Montes Folly is an adventurous wine of exceptional quality; at same level of excellence level as Montes Alpha M, but as different in styles as the untamed sound of a sax in a jazz concert is to a Stradivarius violin at the opera. One wild; one classical. Both stunning; both reaching wine heaven.
Montes Folly grapes are grown on the steepest, highest slopes of our Finca de Apalta estate, in the Apalta Valley, where the incline is greater than 45 degrees. At less than 4 tonnes per hectare, yields are extremely low; grapes and clusters are much smaller and thus more concentrated than those from the vineyard´s lower slopes.
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