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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific introduction to the vintage at Montelena. Brisk and energetic, the 2014 offers a good bit of nuance and aromatic complexity. The flavors are dark and intense, but the 2014 is very much medium in body, as these wines are. There is no shortage of muscle and power, especially at this level. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and herbs inform the muscular, virile finish. Drink: 2019-2034. (Dec 2016)

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Chateau Montelena Winery:
Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mo... Read more
Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mount Saint Helena. The soils are well drained, stony and loose – perfect for the vine cuttings he would plant. It took less than a decade to turn his dream into reality. First Tubbs planted his vineyards, then he built his Chateau, and in 1886 he imported a French-born winemaker. By 1896 his winery, christened Chateau Montelena (a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena), was the seventh largest in the Napa Valley. The next chapter began with the renaissance of Chateau Montelena Winery and the Estate vineyard. Under the leadership of Jim Barrett, the vineyard was cleared and replanted, and the Chateau outfitted with modern winemaking equipment. He assembled a team to oversee the vineyard and winemaking, then grew and contracted for the highest-quality grapes in the Napa Valley. In 1972 wines were made for the first time. Decades later, this celebrated family-owned winery continues to thrive with Jim Barrett at the helm. The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Montelena Estate Zinfandel are grown in one of the world's most unique winegrowing properties. The Estate vineyard is comprised of varied terrain, from flat to steep hillsides. The vineyard gently slopes downward towards its base, where a small patch of sedimentary soil was deposited by the settling of an ancient ocean or lake. Read less

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Snooth User: EMark
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Vintage: 2001 12/31/2013

Medium dark/clear in the glass. I'm a tad surprised at the clarity, because when I pulled the cork there was a lot of tartrates/sediment on it. Quite an earthy/yeasty nose. Surprisingly light-bodied on the palate. Not a lot of fruit--some berry or cherry--but, I have to say, almost watery. Some acid tartness, very little tannin. A perfectly drinkable wine, but a bit disappointing in that I have a lot of respect for the winery and the 2001 vintage, but it just seems that after waiting all these years there should be more. US$38.00 at the Winery in Calistoga in 2004.


External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 03/12/2019

Vineyard: Prime vineyards are located in the northern end of the Napa Valley, in and around Calistoga. All of the sites are located next to primary or secondary tributaries of the Napa River and have been selected for their alluvium soil profile. Soils provide an earthy, complex and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The cobbly, gravelly subsoil makes for deep root penetration and good drainage. Winemaking: The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has more acid, lower pH and more moderate alcohol levels as compared to some of the flashy “modern” Cabs. The 2016 vintage is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in French and Eastern European oak barrels (35% new) for 16 months. The earthy, complex and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon is softened by the judicious addition of Merlot, which results in a medium-bodied wine with depth of flavor. Vintage: The 2016 growing season has all of the hallmarks of a classic Napa Valley vintage. Late winter rains primed the soil for early vine growth in the spring, with bright summer days unfolding in textbook fashion. There was plenty of warmth, cool afternoon breezes, and a few hot days through July. During the critical month of August, as the vines enter the final period of ripening, temperatures remained moderate and predictable, allowing us to slowly and methodically harvest with flavors and textures at their peak. Tasting Note: Without any effort, dried blueberry and ripe plum are immediately front and center of an incredibly dynamic yet classic nose. On the palate, the cascade of flavors and textures is prodigious as the palate meanders between rich, dark blackberry jam and lively, almost candied raspberry. The tannins, quite supple at present, add depth and breadth to a robust mouthfeel and converge on subtle earth and tobacco undertones that contrast and highlight the wine’s polished and focused acidity. Refined and well-integrated, the long, rich finish reveals hints of anise and cedar, which, along with ripe fig and incredibly fine tannin, add additional layers of elegance and grace. Food Pairing: This is a wine that can handle bold flavors and is a great match for a juicy steak or event wild pheasant and duck. It also pairs well with dishes such as beef stew, pot roast, or grilled veal or lamb. Consider enhancing your pairings with rich sauces, like a dark mushroom sauce, red wine reductions, or a hearty peppercorn sauce. Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Alcohol: 14.2%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 12/11/2018

VINTAGE WEATHER: The weather in 2015 was highly conducive to producing ripe, concentrated wines. Warm, dry conditions catalyzed an early start to the growing season, while a temperate spring coupled with the effects of the multi-year drought limited our yields in the vineyard. Summer temperatures were mild overall and vine stress remained manageable as August heat materialized just ahead of harvest. NOSE: Fresh raspberries tee off a parade of red fruit punctuated by rich strawberry jam, and bolstered by vanilla, black pepper, and violets. PALATE: There’s a latent weight and density on the palate along with fine-grained tannins that have just begun to slowly integrate with the rich, dark fruit of the vintage. FINISH: The texture and mouthfeel of the wine build on the transition to the finish, which strikes a fine balance between the subtle acidity lingering just below the surface and the concentration of the fruit and tannins. BLEND: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc BARREL AGING: 16 months in French and Eastern European Oak, 35% new ALCOHOL: 14.2%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/15/2018

VINTAGE WEATHER: The weather in 2014 couldn’t have been better. With persistent questions of long-term drought lingering, the mild, cool spring that materialized eased those concerns as the growing season stretched into a moderately warm, pleasant summer. The textbook conditions allowed the vines to set a bumper crop. But with careful canopy management and an eye on the forecast, we had the luxury of thinning as needed to yield optimal ripeness as harvest began in late August and continued steadily into October. NOSE: The nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, and cassis. After a few moments, dried cherry and a touch of tobacco come into focus along with some wispy notes of fresh violets. PALATE: Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, mint, and hazelnut. These slowly transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into. FINISH: The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine. BLEND: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc BARREL AGING: 16 months, French and Eastern European oak, 27% new ALCOHOL: 14.2% ** Only 3 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/06/2017

VINTAGE WEATHER: The weather in 2014 couldn’t have been better. With persistent questions of long-term drought lingering, the mild, cool spring that materialized eased those concerns as the growing season stretched into a moderately warm, pleasant summer. The textbook conditions allowed the vines to set a bumper crop. But with careful canopy management and an eye on the forecast, we had the luxury of thinning as needed to yield optimal ripeness as harvest began in late August and continued steadily into October. NOSE: The nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, and cassis. After a few moments, dried cherry and a touch of tobacco come into focus along with some wispy notes of fresh violets. PALATE: Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, mint, and hazelnut. These slowly transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into. FINISH: The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine. BLEND: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc BARREL AGING: 16 months, French and Eastern European oak, 27% new ALCOHOL: 14.2%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/18/2018

VINTAGE WEATHER: The weather in 2014 couldn’t have been better. With persistent questions of long-term drought lingering, the mild, cool spring that materialized eased those concerns as the growing season stretched into a moderately warm, pleasant summer. The textbook conditions allowed the vines to set a bumper crop. But with careful canopy management and an eye on the forecast, we had the luxury of thinning as needed to yield optimal ripeness as harvest began in late August and continued steadily into October. NOSE: The nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, and cassis. After a few moments, dried cherry and a touch of tobacco come into focus along with some wispy notes of fresh violets. PALATE: Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, mint, and hazelnut. These slowly transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into. FINISH: The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine. BLEND: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc BARREL AGING: 16 months, French and Eastern European oak, 27% new ALCOHOL: 14.2% ** Only 11 in Stock **


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
09/06/2017

Chateau Montelena is a Napa Valley Classic and has been from the moment their Chard won the famous Judgment In Paris Competition. But the Cab has always been the mainstay, garnering raves and a devoted following over the many decades. This 2014 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 16 months in French and Eastern European oak, 27% new. Wine Review Online scored this 95 points saying "Bo Barrett passed the winemaking reins to Matt Crafton with the 2014 vintage, and the wine shows him to be worthy of the mantle. Classic Napa Valley aroma and flavor profile are presents, with an emphasis on deep black fruit that are accented by careful oak selection that lends spice and a touch of nut character. Decant well now, or age for fifteen or more years. Contains 13% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/10/2018

VINTAGE WEATHER: The weather in 2014 couldn’t have been better. With persistent questions of long-term drought lingering, the mild, cool spring that materialized eased those concerns as the growing season stretched into a moderately warm, pleasant summer. The textbook conditions allowed the vines to set a bumper crop. But with careful canopy management and an eye on the forecast, we had the luxury of thinning as needed to yield optimal ripeness as harvest began in late August and continued steadily into October. NOSE: The nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, and cassis. After a few moments, dried cherry and a touch of tobacco come into focus along with some wispy notes of fresh violets. PALATE: Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, mint, and hazelnut. These slowly transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into. FINISH: The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine. BLEND: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc BARREL AGING: 16 months, French and Eastern European oak, 27% new ALCOHOL: 14.2% ** Only 9 in Stock **


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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific introduction to the vintage at Montelena. Brisk and energetic, the 2014 offers a good bit of nuance and aromatic complexity. The flavors are dark and intense, but the 2014 is very much medium in body, as these wines are. There is no shortage of muscle and power, especially at this level. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and herbs inform the muscular, virile finish. Drink: 2019-2034. (Dec 2016)

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