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Montes Purple Angel 2008
Wine Spectator : 90/100 points


Distinctive flavors of intense blueberry, blackberry and chocolate. Montes Purple Angel is layered, structured, and balanced. Intense purple in color, this wine has distinctive and delicate hints of chocolate and cigar box aromas. The Carmenère grapes from the Apalta estate provide elegance, spiciness, and dark fruit flavors. The Petit Verdot, also from Apalta, adds structure along with the wildness of black berries. Finally, the Carmenère from Marchigue –a cooler area – adds spicy and lively notes. This wine is full bodied, with a considerable amount of ripe tannins that bestow grip and structure to this lovely wine.


Wine Notes & Recommendations

Grape Varieties 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot.
Appellation Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Aging 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Yield of Vineyard 3.7 tons/hectare (1.9 tons per acre).
Cellaring Cellaring potential is 10 years or more.
Decanting One hour of decanting is recommended.
Food Pairing Meat and game such as venison, boar, leg of lamb, and duck. It is also great with spicy, smoky flavored dishes such as grilled portobello mushroom or eggplant.


2010 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand
Fermented in oak and aged on lees for 7 months, the 2010 Envoy Pinot Gris reveals wonderfully expressive notes of ripe apricots, jasmine, pear juice, guava and mandarin peel with a whiff of allspice. The full bodied palate offers a fairly sweet style (31 grams per liter of residual sugar) with crisp, enlivening acidity, great concentration and a long finish. Drink this one now to 2014.


Maturity : Drink 2011 – 2014
Robert Parker Wine Advocate Issue #176, Apr 2008 = 90/100points



2009 Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand
Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1993 and fermented with wild yeast before being matured in French oak barrels, 60% new, for 18 months, the 2009 Envoy Pinot Noir casts a medium-deep ruby-purple color. It offers notes of warm black cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with nuances of cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, chocolate and cedar plus a whiff of oolong tea. Full bodied and concentrated in the mouth, the taut, muscular fruit is structured with fine tannins and crisp acid. The finish is long and a little cedary. Though approachable now, it should drink best 2012 to 2017+.


eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011 = 92/100 points



2009 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc
Fermented in French oak barrels and aged in oak on lees for 12 months, the 2009 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc presents pronounced notes of ripe lemons, grapefruit and yuzu zest with nuances of cedar, fresh peaches and chalk dust plus a whiff of sage. Medium bodied with superb concentration and a great vein of crisp acidity, it finishes long and layered. Delicious now, it should develop gracefully, cellaring to 2015+.


Maturity: Drink: 2011 - 2015
eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011 = 91+/100 points



2010 Spy Valley Pinot Gris
The 2010 Pinot Gris offers a lovely perfume of honeysuckle, peach blossom, warm apple slices and spiced pears with hints of coriander seed and aniseed. Full bodied with a notable touch of residual sugar (10.5 grams per liter) it has a seductively silken texture, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drinking now, it should remain fresh through 2013.


eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011 = 90/100 points



2010 Spy Valley Riesling
The 2010 Riesling gives pronounced notes of lime zest, kumquats, lemon juice and fresh grapefruit with nuances of coriander seed and frangipani. Light bodied and refreshingly crisp in the mouth, it has a medium-dry level of sweetness and very good concentration of citrus flavors, finishing long and a little chalky. Delicious now, it should evolve gracefully and drink to 2016+.


eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011 = 90/100 points



2010 Spy Valley Spy Valley Pinot Noir
Naturally fermented and then aged in oak barrel for 8 months, the 2010 Spy Valley Pinot Noir reveals a ruby-purple color and aromas of warm strawberries, macerated cranberries and red cherries with a hint of forest floor. Medium bodied with mouth-filling red berry flavors, it is well supported by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and a little spicy. Drink it now through 2015+.


eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011 = 90/100 points