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Montes Purple Angel Carmenère 2008

by Nannette Eaton on November 11, 2012

“I confess without shame that I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” — General William Tecumseh Sherman

This Montes Purple Angel has a special place in San Diego, a staunchly military community, the label a testament to those who have chosen to serve, it is often given as a gift to honor and commemorate veterans and their sacrifice.

The Montes Purple Angel Carmenère 2008 is stunning, with its deep red color tinged with purple. The wine is huge, so for the best enjoyment, pour it into a decanter an hour before serving. The mouth feel is soft and supple with flavors of blackberries mixed with mocha and tobacco. The food pairing is classic Chile, Churrasco with Pebre (Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chilean Cilantro Sauce). The music match is “Remembrance Day” by Bryan Adams from the album, Into the Fire.

The details: 15% alcohol. Cork closure. A blend of 92% carmenère with a touch of petit verdot. Appellation: Colchagua Valley,Chile. Actual retail runs $45-65 USD depending on regional market force conditions. This was a sample provided by the winery.