2014 Montes “Classic Series” Cabernet Sauvignon
If you’ve been to a Costco in the last two weeks then you’re probably already aware of the latest explosion of sale wines. “Cheap Seats,” as I call them. I love all wine- let’s be honest, but cabernet sauvignon has a special place in my heart, and South American ones are usually great values. I picked up a bottle of this $6.99 (regularly $8.99) Colchagua Valley, Chilean cab, half-expecting a watered-down adult fruit punch. I decant almost everything, and as I poured this down the neck of my decanter, I was pleasantly surprised by the dark opaqueness of it.
The nose brings cassis & cedar with a syrah-like smoky white pepper aroma. On the palate, the wine is dry & juicy. It’s not a fruit bomb, and it’s not a scorched balsamic miss. It’s quite Old World tasting, I think; reminiscent of a nice Languedoc table wine. Bordeaux lovers will settle for this any night. My favorite wine app gives it a 3.6 out of 5 with an average price of $8.98 per bottle. The most popular wine store in my area, boasting unbeatable prices, offers it for $12.29 online. I would say that for $6.99 a bottle until November 27th, pick up at least one to try. Or six.
I give it an 86.
— Review by Erin Hayes
Purchased in Cumming, Georgia.