Last night we made a quick dinner of “pork” barbecue (fake soy bbq of course) sandwiches with a side of mac n cheese, a dinner suited for a fun Rosé from say… Chile. The 2008 Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah ($13.99) is made from 100% of the varietal, grown in the Colchagua Valley of Chile. Cherub, which means young angel, is fitting as the label dons a cartoon diapered angel representing Montes founding partner and beloved friend Alfredo Viadurre.
Aurelio Montes explains why he chose to make his Rosé from Syrah:
“I decided to make a rosé from Syrah grown in our Archangel Estate in Marchigüe, in the Colchagua Valley. Our vineyards here are in a coastal area which provides the perfect temperature and conditions for producing a lovely, ripe rosé. I chose Syrah because this grape has a wonderful purple-red color and gives fresh yet structured wines that can be enjoyed as an apéritif or with food”
Appellation: Archangel Estate, in Marchigüe, located only 11 miles (18 kms) from the Pacific Ocean in the highly reputed Colchagua Valley
Oak Aging: None
Yield of Vineyard: 8 tons per hectare (about 1.9 tons per acre)
Grape Variety: Syrah 100%
My Tasting Notes –
Color: deep pink almost ruby
Nose: strawberries, raspberry jam, quince paste
Taste: strawberry, orange peel, Rosé , fuji apple
Mouthfeel: full body, dry and crisp
Finish: long, fruity, with a hint of minerality but mostly refreshing red fruit
Fun but serious Rosé that got right down to business with it’s deep rich pink color and very aromatic nose of classic strawberry and raspberry. Paired very nicely with the food, and would be great with the plethora of foods that arrive at summertime cookouts. Chill it down a little be extra and it would be a great dry wine for enjoying on a hot summer day or at the beach and the screw cap enclosure makes that even easier.
Very nice wine, try Montes Alpha Cab Sauv.