They deliver more color, tannins, and flavors, making Montes Folly richly complex and powerful. Harvest time on the steep vineyards requires a degree of gymnastics from our agile pickers. Grapes are hand-selected and sorted on a special selection tables: any grape not up to the quality required is discarded. Once in the tank, a bleeding of 20% is made to concentrate flavor, tannins and color. True to terroir, fermentation is triggered and completed by the grapes’ natural wild yeasts. The wine is aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. There is no fining and only one very light filtration before bottling.
This has a perfect nose of blackberry, tar, black pepper, thyme, cloves and rose petal. Full body and firm and very silky and polished tannins. The finish goes on for minutes. Best ever. Great class. 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2019 but so gorgeous now.
Impressions: This was a very smooth dry, red wine. The first thing that hits your mouth is a light-to-medium tannin, drying your tongue, followed by smooth, dark fruits (grape). A buttery smooth finish to the medium bodied wine.
Score: 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)
Verdict: Another easy drinking red wine. Quite a bit more tannin than other reds I’ve reviewed, but well within the acceptable limits of ‘easy drinking’. Medium bodied with the usual ‘dark fruits’ (ie. grape), but with minimal bitterness or strong after taste that often follows dry wines