Out of the ordinary projects such as Cherub are what we’ve come to expect from Montes, but how quickly winemaker Aurelio Montes has figured out the nuances of rosé from Syrah. In just its second year, this wine has found its groove. More elegant than the inaugural 2005, this vintage is quite Mediterranean in style, with a vivid pink/red color and the freshest…
Magenta in color and spritzy, with aromas of chunky red plum, cherry and citrus. There’s nothing off or stinky here, but for some reason it seems a little heavier and less precise than it has been. Look for pink grapefruit, brine and berry flavors and then a long, almost hot finish.
This rating is probably as much a reflection of tasting the wine too late in its evolution as anything else. At this mature state, the wine is heavy and syrupy, with stalky, almost bitter red-fruit flavors. Finishes with matchstick and grassy flavors. Wait for the 2011.