89 points

Casa Montes 2005 Alzamora Malbec (San Juan)

Dry and lightly balsamic on the nose, with solid fruit aromas that show a marginal level of stem. The palate is stacked with black cherry and blueberry along with full tannins. The finish, however, is surprisingly silky, with chocolate and coconut flavors. A deep, nice, layered wine that has a lot going for it.

 — M.S.   Published 7/1/2010
87 points

Casa Montes 2006 Don Baltazar Reserva Syrah (San Juan)

Dark berry and meaty fruit on the nose, with plum and blackberry aromas. The palate is zestier, with bright acidity tempering any weight. The finish is solid, with nothing off or outlandish to consider. A good, solid, concentrated Syrah without a whole lot of varietal character.

 — M.S.   Published 5/1/2010
87 points

Casa Montes 2001 Alzamora Grand Reserve Oak Malbec (San Juan)

A spicy sort of red, with earth, leather and forest aromas. Cassis, cherry and chocolate make for a tasty palate, although there’s a bit of outsized tannin, oak and heat. Sturdy, medium in terms of lushness, and broad.

 — M.S.   Published 11/1/2006
86 points

Casa Montes 2009 Ampakama Viognier (San Juan)

A touch basic but also rock solid for $10. Apricot and other proper white fruit aromas get it going, and then come apple and apricot flavors. There’s a slight cidery element to it, and the acid has a sheering quality, but as a whole it’s nice Viognier for the price.

 — M.S.   Published 11/1/2010
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86 points

Casa Montes 2008 Ampakama Malbec (San Juan)

Regular but inviting, with good berry aromas and only a modicum of baked-fruit grit to the nose. The palate is solid and fruity, with lively, grapey berry and black-cherry flavors. Finishes smooth, with chocolate notes. Easygoing, simple Malbec from San Juan province.

 — M.S.   Published 5/1/2010
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86 points

Casa Montes 2006 Don Baltazar Reserva Malbec (San Juan)

Ripe and rubbery on the nose, with dark plum and berry aromas. Overall this is a good wine for San Juan, with blackberry, cassis, rubber and other weighty flavors. Generous and stacked on the finish, but a little bitter and herbal at the end.

 — M.S.   Published 12/1/2009
84 points

Casa Montes 2009 Ampakama Chardonnay (San Juan)

Starts out strong with lemon, apple and other fresh-fruit aromas. The flavors are more mealy and warm, and the palate feel is oily. Citrus, apple, lemon and tropical fruit all make appearances, but overall the wine fades into mediocrity and pithy bitterness.

 — M.S.   Published 5/1/2010
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83 points

Casa Montes 2006 Don Baltazar Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier (San Juan)

The brownish-gold color indicates that it’s aging fast, and if you need more confirmation that comes via the waxy, flat nose. The palate is fleshy and soft, while the flavors of peach and apricot are turning heavy and a little bitter. A wine that’s past its prime by a year or two.

 — M.S.   Published 11/1/2010
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