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"The flavors follow, leading with classic Napa ValleyChardonnay varietal character and showing strong Bartlett pear....Read more...
Very surprised by this wine. After reading a lot of neutral and some negative press about Chateau Montelena I didn't expect much. This wine was q... Read more
A beautiful classic Bordeaux style cab from Napa Valley. This is not a museum piece, but a very drinkable, food-friendly wine to enjoy. I was pleas... Read more
Opens up with good dark blackberry fruit and a bit of spice and ripe black cherry. Has a fresh, spiced palate with bunches of blackberries, medium ... Read more
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
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Very surprised by this wine. After reading a lot of neutral and some negative press about Chateau Montelena I didn't expect much. This wine was quite good. It had very good balance with a long finish, fine tannins and decent acidity. It was very expressive wine and not one that meets 'classical' definitions.
A beautiful classic Bordeaux style cab from Napa Valley. This is not a museum piece, but a very drinkable, food-friendly wine to enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this. Great restrained style with good fruit and balance.
Opens up with good dark blackberry fruit and a bit of spice and ripe black cherry. Has a fresh, spiced palate with bunches of blackberries, medium to high acid, medium tannin, with clove, chocolate and molasses mingling on the finish.
scents of bubble gum, lemon, and hay has a dry start tart lemon flavor an intense, puckery finish
86% cabernet sauv with touches of merlot and cab franc. Delicious, luscious and decadent wine. -Tasted at the winery 9/290/09
Rich red, pretty and feminine style fruit on the nose. Sweet red berries fill the aromas in addition to nice floral notes. Fruit forward in style as age has relaxed the tannin and acid a bit. Luscious and rich, dominated by red fruit. Raspberry, currant and cherry flavors with nice vanilla influence. Soft, rounded tannins. It's in a lovely drinking window right now. 93 pts. 5/9/13
Tasted at the winery 9/20/09.
External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
Bright medium ruby. Medicinal aromas of crushed cassis, blackberry syrup, bitter chocolate and licorice; I might have picked this as Latour from the nose. Then almost surprisingly sweet and silky in the mouth; comes across as more pliant than the 2004 but with more acidity. This demonstrates less obvious concentration and power but boasts lovely balance and aromatic persistence. With less of the medicinal licorice and tarry quality on the end, this may well develop andldquo;naturally,andrdquo; as Barrett predicts.
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, one of the most powerful Cabernets the Barretts have made, is reminiscent of the profound 1987. A blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, it tips the scales at 14.3% alcohol. The wine has a sensational nose of sweet creme de cassis liqueur intermixed with notes of beef blood, licorice, and underbrush. Full-bodied and more flamboyant than the more structured, muscular 2001, the 2002 is fleshier with more glycerin and higher alcohol. This chewy effort should be ready for prime-time drinking a few years ahead of the more rigid 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.
Montelena's backward, elegant, complex 2001 Estate reveals a dense ruby/purple color along with foresty, earthy notes intermixed with black currant characteristics as well as sweet tannin. Always a less ripe outlier (although it contains 14% natural alcohol), it will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for at least 20 more years based on the extraordinary longevity Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons possess.
(Barrel tasting) Firm, intense and tough-edged, as Montelena often is early on, but with a solid core of spicy currant and blackberry fruit that's deep and concentrated. The finish keeps a tight focus.
Revealing sweeter tannin and a softer, riper, fuller-bodied style, the 2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a beautiful, classic wine with loads of berry fruit, an earthy character, and a spicy, pure, rich finish. The silkiness of the tannins suggest this 2006 will be drinkable in several years. It is another candidate for nearly two decades of aging. Chateau Montelena's sale to the owners of Bordeaux's well-known second-growth, Chateau Cos d'Estournel, fell through, no doubt because of the global economic crisis. It was unquestionably shocking that this Napa icon was on the block, and about to be sold to, of all people, the French, who Montelena had defeated in the famous Steven Spurrier tasting of 1976. Tasting through the wines with the ever reliable Bo Barrett is always a lesson in candor and honesty.
These are monumental wines from an historic winery. Chateau Montelena is the winery that won over the judges of the Paris Tasting in 1976. Luscious & rich on the nose with great depth, cassis & rich dark cherry, a base of warm leather, cocoa & molasses. The palate opens with red raspberry and blackcurrants before building to mouth-filling ripe cherry, a beautiful acid balance, and round rich velvety tannins
92 Points - Robert Parker The mild and uneventful 2005 vintage presented ideal ripening weather. We anticipated optimal crop yields, juice quality, fruit flavors and chemistry. And because this overall weather pattern essentially extended the growing season, we began harvest much later than average. But once we finally ripped into the red grapes there was a massive tsunami of them: Cabernet, Zinfandel and Merlot! A solid and steady picking schedule, with a daily crush of 13 to 40 tons, continued for 18 days. It was an awesome period of ideal weather and harvest activity, during which we took in an amazing 473 tons of fruit.
"The flavors follow, leading with classic Napa ValleyChardonnay varietal character and showing strong Bartlett pear. Thepalate is one of fresh, huge fruit - lovely, luscious, andmouthwatering. This Chardonnay is built to age, and I fully expect thatafter a couple of years of proper cellaring its many layers ofunderlying structure will begin to emerge. So as tasty as this wine isnow, by then it will really be rocking!" Winery Notes
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