The wine staff at Surdyk’s puts forth a great deal of effort into seeking out small, undiscovered wines from across the globe. we search for talented producers who offer incredible value for the quality of wine in the bottle. The wines of Monte Alto are exactly what we hoped to find. Grown in La Mancha, located in the heart of Spain, this ancient region has long been a source for dynamic, affordable wines. We are excited to showcase three wines from this estate: a Blanco, a Tinto and a Reserva. They demonstrate what we love most about Spanish wines – completely over-delivering for the price. Our past Direct Import offers have involved a much larger shipment; this is our most exclusive offer to date simply because there isn’t much of this great wine available. We hope you take advantage of this exceptional offer, and that’ you’ll enjoy the wines of Monte Alto as much as we do.
– Andy Hall, Wine Buyer
UPDATE: The Reserva has sold out!
These wines are available now as an exclusive DIRECT IMPORT OFFER beginning Tuesday, November 11th through Wednesday, November 26. This offer is available on solid case purchases only. Single bottles are available for purchase at full retail price.
Wine Department Staff Reviews:
Monte Alto Blanco 2013
Roger Clark: “Intriguing white… lovely grapefruit/nectarine aromas – lightly spiced stone fruit flavor, good acidity, but avoids sharpness. Great with tapas or sauteed herbed shrimp.”Drew Fuller: “Vibrant, shimmering yellow-gold color. Soft, tropical fruit along with apricot and peach. Mid-weight and lively.”Derek Brammer: “Displays a pretty nose of honeysuckle blossoms and ripe peaches. Palate shows flavors of white peach, apricot and balanced with good minerality and acidity with a clean, dry finish. Great with walleye or tilapia.”Noelle Starr: “What I loved most about this white is that it doesn’t taste like something else. So many times we are left to describe a wine as being like this, or reminding us of that. This has citrus, lemon and lime blended well with peach and apricot. The body is mid-weight; not heavy at all but certainly more there than a watery-light wine. The finish has more stone fruit found in the nose, but also has a pleasant spice and acidity that helps to keep the fruitiness in place.”Andy Hall: “Aromatically appealing. The fruit goes between a soft lemon and perfectly ripe nectarine, hints of herb are there in a supporting role. The palate shows a larger array of tree-ripened peach, apricot and pear. More of the herbaceousness appear to offer a vibrancy that flows into the dry, lively finish.”
Monte Alto Tinto 2011
Roger Clark: “Ripe red and black fruit flavors with leather accents. Medium-bodied and very versatile. Pair with lentil and sausage soup.”Drew Fuller: “Pretty, fruity nose of blueberry, blackberry, cassis. Medium-to-full bodied on the palate, the black fruit dominates with currant, cassis, and slight earthiness. Very fined grained tannins help to frame a persistent finish with great fruit and acidity balance.”Derek Brammer: “With 13% Syrah added in, this takes on multiple fruit flavors and complexity. Dark garnet in color, displaying red and black raspberry aromas. Palate adds black cherry and vanilla/oak spices. Finishes dry. Very good for the price!Noelle Starr: “The two varietals are both discernible in this blend. Tempranillo offers baked earth, leather, and cherry skin. The Syrah offers dark, black raspberry and floral with low-lying peppery finish. Showing both ripe fruit and a meatiness followed by a smoothed out mid-palate and a supple finish. Goes down rather smooth!”Andy Hall: “This is really a great wine. The Tempranillo comes in as the main component with its sun-warmed red fruit and spice notes. The Syrah offers a more decadent side, fleshier and more texture – but because there is only 13%, it never invades the identity of the Tempranillo – only enhancing it. Solid for the money.”
Monte Alto Reserva 2007 *SOLD OUT *
A truly special wine. The 2007 vintage is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Given a generous 20 months in oak, this wine shows complex flavors that only Spain seems to produce – ripe plum, black fruit and spice that is deeply infused into the core of the wine. Unanimously loved by the staff.
Roger Clark: “Dried fruit and spice aromas. Flavors like only Spain seems to produce. Spice is deeply infused into the core of the dried fruit. The feel is elegant with just enough acidity to make it a great food wine. Kebabs, sausages, pork chops…”Drew Fuller: “Currant fruit, earthy notes, and tobacco all on the nose. Immediate impression of dark fruit, spice, cigar box- definite complexity. Underneath it all and forming the lasting impression on the finish is a brightness of fruit and acidity that keeps the wine focused, yet lively.”Derek Brammer: “At 7 years old, this is drinking beautifully. Lovely, perfumed aromatics and flavors of black raspberries, ripe plums, smoky/oak spices with a nice, dry finish. Very good for the price!”Noelle Starr: “Showing a gorgeous color of garnet in the center and brick on the edges, this 7 year old wine, aged 20 months in oak is just hitting its stride. Plum, blackberry, cassis, toasty oak and vanilla- along with spicy peppercorn are very interesting. On the palate, black cherry and spice with plenty of acidity still showing through. A great wine for the price.Andy Hall: “It is hard to come by a well-aged wine that doesn’t make you think twice about its price tag. We knew this lineup would be well received – what I wasn’t expecting was that the entire staff loved this Reserva. Plenty of classic Spanish style here – baked fruit, leather, and spice along with a good long time in oak, and held for a few years before its release makes this wine a winner.”
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