2013 Vina Montes Folly Syrah

Year: 2013
Appellation: Santa Cruz
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :


"Balanced and well-structured, with sleek flavors of hot stone, dried cherry and plum that are matched to a savory richness. Firmly tannic on the finish, offering notes of slate and white pepper. Syrah. Drink now through 2021. 2,000 cases made.–KM " (WS)

"The 2013 Folly is pure Syrah from the slopes of the Montes vineyard in the Apalta Valley, one of the first plantings of the variety in Chile. The soils are very rich in iron, which might be partly responsible for the aromas of beef blood and fresh meat. There are also plenty of spices, denoting a cooler growing season. It slowly develops smoky bacon notes and hints of black olives. The 18 months in new oak are not noticeable. This single vineyard is basically dry-farmed with just some water in the winter of the very dry years to simulate the natural conditions of winter rain. It's medium to full-bodied with juicy fruit and some dusty tannins. A powerful Syrah that can be enjoyed with similarly powerful food or lay down for a nice development in bottle. 12,000 bottles produced." (WA)

"Aromas of blueberry and stone with hints of fresh tea. Full body, dense and layered with soft and velvety tannin texture. It goes on for minutes. Cooler and more blue fruits than some vintages due to the cooler vintage. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Plenty of up-front oak makes for a nose with char and smoke on top of perfumed black fruit. A profoundly deep palate is fairly tannic and firm. Flavors of black plum, dark chocolate, herbs and pepper finish more dry than jammy, with tea and wood spice notes. Drink through 2025." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Aurelio Montes, our partner and gifted winemaker, knew it all along. Montes Folly was destined to shine by the hand of Aurelio, it was in his DNA since he was born. This sparked his intuition which, from his student days, became obsessed with the Apalta Valley and determined to prove it was the best terroir for reds in all of Chile, a fact few would dispute today.

Aurelio’s intuition also led him to plant Syrah in the higher slopes of our Apalta Mountain Estate. Thus the Montes Folly name was born: The conventional wine growers and trade considered it "Folly" to plant Syrah, an untested variety in the region, and double "Folly" to do so in the higher slopes, extremely expensive to clear, plant and grow. The genius of Aurelio, however, had us all firmly believing from the start that Montes Folly would be the wild dream we sought, the perfect partner to our beloved Montes Alpha "M".

Montes Folly, another bold pioneering step forward, is a wild wine of truly exceptional quality, of a similar excellence level to Montes Alpha "M" but so different in style as the untamed sound of a saxo in a jazz concert would compare to a Stradivarius violin at the opera. One wild, one classical. Both stunning. Totally different. Both reaching for wine heaven, Olympus, in its own style.

Montes Folly is grown on the very highest slopes of our "la Finca de Apalta" vineyard, in Apalta Valley, with an inclination exceeding 45º degrees. Denomination of Origin is Santa Cruz, within the Colchagua valley. These steep slopes are home to the superb grapes that become Montes Folly, Chile’s first ultra-premium Syrah. Yields are extremely low at less than 4 tons per hectare, with grapes and clusters that are much smaller and more concentrated than in the vineyard’s lower slopes. As a result, they deliver more colour and tannins, making Montes Folly richly coloured, complex and powerful.

Harvested by acrobats, all grapes are hand-picked and sorted on a special selection table, where every grape not up to the quality required is removed. Once in the tank, a bleeding of 20% is made to concentrate flavor, ripe tannins and colour. Fermentation is triggered and completed with wild yeasts coming from the environment, giving a true expression of terroir. It is aged 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. There is no fining and only one very light filtration before bottling. Production is limited to a mere 9,000 bottles. Our hearts, hopes and dreams go with each bottle of Montes Folly.