Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2008

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The deep garnet color of this wine hints at the big extraction and dark flavors to follow. Very rich aromas of pipe tobacco, chocolate and caramel beautifully complement the black currant and ripe black cherry fruit. The palate opens soft but builds big and fast, showing a great acid backbone, moderate weight tannins, and a mouthfeel that is full but not heavy or overwhelming. Rich, ripe, sweet black cherry dominates the fruit and is nicely complemented with plum and red berry high tones. Barrel spice is prominent on the finish.

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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: Carlo182
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12/31/2012

Enjoyed this with ribeye medallions, onion compote, and shoestring onion strings. Really brought out the delicate onion in the dishes.


External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

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Source: We Speak Wine
02/16/2012

(almost entirely from purchased fruit, rather than "leftovers" from the estate, according to assistant winemaker Matt Crafton; includes 8% merlot for earlier drinkability): Good ruby-red. Classic cabernet aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice, menthol and mint. Begins tight but becomes more pliant with air, showing firm but fine tannins that come off as less rustic than those of some past releases of this wine. Crafton noted that as of vintage 2008 the team no longer has to pump the must into the press, and they now benefit from smaller fermentation tanks, which allow for more precise harvesting. Theyre also making more use of delestage (rack-and-return) to try to integrate the oak element earlier. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon offers sweet black currant fruit, roasted herbs, earth and spice characteristics presented in an attractive, medium-bodied style. The deep garnet color of this wine hints at the big extraction and dark flavors to follow. Ver...


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/27/2011

Ruby garnet color with brilliant intensity. Pretty perfume of cherry blossom, spicy blackberry and earth. Red and black cherry and cassis leads to espresso and dark chocolate on the mid-palate and finishes with fresh pavement. From my experience w... Andy Frieden. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2008 Montelena, Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 750ml


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Source: NapaCabs.com
10/20/2011

Very rich aromas of pipe tobacco, chocolate and caramel beautifully complement the black currant and ripe black cherry fruit. Rich, ripe, sweet black cherry dominates the fruit and is nicely complemented with plum and red berry high tones.



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The deep garnet color of this wine hints at the big extraction and dark flavors to follow. Very rich aromas of pipe tobacco, chocolate and caramel beautifully complement the black currant and ripe black cherry fruit. The palate opens soft but builds big and fast, showing a great acid backbone, moderate weight tannins, and a mouthfeel that is full but not heavy or overwhelming. Rich, ripe, sweet black cherry dominates the fruit and is nicely complemented with plum and red berry high tones. Barrel spice is prominent on the finish.

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