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2006 Montes Syrah Alpha Apalta Vineyard Colchagua Valley
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009

($95; 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 5% each of merlot and petit verdot) Deep red. Expressive, pungent aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, cedar, tobacco and dried flowers. Already quite complex, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors, gentle tannins and slow-building candied floral character. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with gentle grip and very good juicy persistence.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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