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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

Member Review by EMark:

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.

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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: 2014 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 **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 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
Vintage: 2014 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
Vintage: 2013 06/18/2016

Nose: Blackberry jam, vanilla, and allspice leap out of the glass yet gracefully yield to notes of dried plum, coffee bean, and perfume with some patience. Palate: Deceptively soft up front, with fresh strawberry and raspberry immediately apparent. These instantly give way though to density and concentration of flavor as the tannins and acidity come into focus. Finish: The finish is elegant and balanced with the aforementioned ripe flavors and textures of the vintage comingled with bright acid, cocoa, crème de menthe, and chalky minerality. Vintage Weather: 2013 has much in common with many of the vintages from the “mighty nineties.” A dry mild spring induced early stress in the Cabernet vineyards. As summer rolled in, and the fog remained at bay, we moved diligently through the blocks adjusting the vine canopies to maintain dappled sunlight on the developing berries. While nighttime temperatures preserved the acidity that most appreciate in this wine, the consistent warmth of the season is really what drives the flavor profile in this vintage.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 04/06/2017

Nose: Blackberry jam, vanilla, and allspice leap out of the glass yet gracefully yield to notes of dried plum, coffee bean, and perfume with some patience. Palate: Deceptively soft up front, with fresh strawberry and raspberry immediately apparent. These instantly give way though to density and concentration of flavor as the tannins and acidity come into focus. Finish: The finish is elegant and balanced with the aforementioned ripe flavors and textures of the vintage comingled with bright acid, cocoa, crème de menthe, and chalky minerality. Vintage Weather: 2013 has much in common with many of the vintages from the “mighty nineties.” A dry mild spring induced early stress in the Cabernet vineyards. As summer rolled in, and the fog remained at bay, we moved diligently through the blocks adjusting the vine canopies to maintain dappled sunlight on the developing berries. While nighttime temperatures preserved the acidity that most appreciate in this wine, the consistent warmth of the season is really what drives the flavor profile in this vintage. ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/15/2016

Shows a deep, dense, black ruby color. It offers complex aromatics of berry, cedar, licorice, and classic Cabernet which, combined with its rich, underlying fruit concentration, should please the most discriminating wine lover. In the mouth it is wonderfully smooth, full-bodied and balanced, with attractive berry and spice notes, along with rich, fine grained Cabernet tannins.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 05/29/2015

Tasting Notes: The 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet shows beautiful dark garnet color. The nose opens with big, ripe, red fruits - particularly raspberry and red currant - before moving into layers of barrel spice, anise, and warm cedar. Entering the palate, this wine is bright and lively with good weight and tannin presence. There is also a firm acidity that will make for great food pairings. The mid-palate is loaded with juicy red fruit and blueberry, which are nicely complemented by well-integrated barrel notes of vanilla, sarsaparilla, and toast. The 2011 vintage has received quite a lot of attention – for its weather and growing conditions – not all good. The Napa Valley is a wonderfully complex place blessed with a huge variety of different soils, elevations, solar aspects, and mesoclimates; to paint the entire Valley with the same brush is rather naïve. As it should given the cooler season, the Chateau Montelena 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet definitely expresses qualities of a cool vintage and the wine’s classic, Old World styling nicely complements these features. We are also fortunate in that almost all of our Napa Cabernet vineyards tend to ripen early – due to either location, dry farming, cropping levels, or a combination of factors. This means that even in the cooler, harder-to-ripen years, we can expect to see full maturity, great flavor development, and classic Montelena structure. - Winery Blend: 91.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot .5% Cabernet Franc Barrel Aging: 14 months, French and Eastern European, 27% new Alcohol: 13.4% ** Only 10 in Stock **


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