Friday, November 23, 2012

Meet the twins.

The Montes Twins, that is.
I am revisiting South America, Chile to be exact, but only because another Ralph Steadman label caught my eye in my local supermarket. C'mon, what is there not to love about a wine label with a nappy-clad cherub on it?  Better still, how about a label with twin nappy-clad cherubim on it?  Love it - even if the pudgy putti do somewhat resemble inebriated 2 year olds!
The Montes Twins 2011, Red Wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.  This wine is a deep, opaque, purple-red-inky monster: colour extraction like this is no doubt the contribution of the Malbec.  The bouquet displayed a tad too much new, toasty-cooperage for my liking, but the ensuing vanilla component, paired with the aroma of sun-warmed blackberries, was very pleasing.  The vanilla and berry combination translated well through to the palate where they were complemented by a felicitous acidity. Things were gustatorily-groovy until the rather strident tannins stopped my taste buds firmly in their, well, stride. In wine, tartness and astringency exaggerate one another and apparently my threshold for this particular amount of astringency had reached it's limit.  But all in all, for $10.99, this wine was a fairly decent tipple.

9 comments:

About Last Weekend said...

The twins in nappies sounds like a good bet for such a decent price!

NHwineman said...

V-girl, being a dissimilar twin, I am surely the only one who resents the androgynous Cupids;), very cute and "felicitous."
Brits know how to write, at least the more mature ones, and your writing is a pleasure too.
Didn't I see you in the movie Mater Commander on the Galapagos Islands;-)

Vinogirl said...

ALW: It really was...got it at Fresh & Easy.

NHW: Thanks, although I have to disagree. I think my writing somewhat clumsy and constantly think of revisions whilst walking the Vinodogs.

Thomas said...

VG,

Without revisions there would be no great writers.

As for the wine in question: you are not only a mature writer, but also a kind person.

NHwineman said...

Thomas has it exactly right!

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: I am shocked, I tell you. Shakespeare had to make revisions? Shocked.
Hmm, maybe I should try writing a post in iambic pentameter.

Have you had this wine?

NHW: I paid Mr. Pellechia to say that!

Thud said...

Do I know you?

Vinogirl said...

Thud: We may have been in one another's company, once or twice...

Thud said...

Nah, I'd remember somebody of your immensity!