Aurelio Montes is something of an impresario. To call him a maestro of wine is more appropriate than outrageous. Without a doubt, Montes makes some of the best wines in Chile, and he’s not afraid to take chances.
Montes Folly is a pure Syrah grown on the highest slopes of Apalta Valley. The slopes of their ‘la Finca de Apalta’ vineyard are an extreme 45 degrees. In that context, ‘Folly’ begins to make sense. Other wine growers thought Aurelio was crazy to plant Syrah – an untested variety. Worse yet, clearing the higher slopes was expensive, let alone planting vines you need acrobats to pick from.
But he did as his intuition demanded. Montes Folly was born of this double folly. Today, it is ranked as one of Chile’s best Syrah wines.
The label changes every year, and is designed by legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman. It’s a bottle that looks as good as it tastes. The 2011 label theme is an illustration of the snow-capped Osorno Volcano. It towers above Emerald Lake in Green Patagonia at 8,730 feet.
We have a bottle of this tremendous Syrah to give away, signed by Ralph Steadman himself. To be in with a chance to win, simply answer these two questions:
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