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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

"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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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: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
01/09/2009

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.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
4.00 5
01/08/2009

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.


4.00 5
06/29/2009

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.


Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
4.00 5
08/04/2008

scents of bubble gum, lemon, and hay has a dry start tart lemon flavor an intense, puckery finish


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
09/21/2009

86% cabernet sauv with touches of merlot and cab franc. Delicious, luscious and decadent wine. -Tasted at the winery 9/290/09


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/20/09.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
05/17/2013

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


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External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

(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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This California Cab serves up lots of ripe, supple black cherry, currant and plum-laced flavors, as well as pretty touches of earth, anise and mineral. Turns smooth and supple, finishing with polished tannins. Best from 2001 through 2015.


External Review
11/23/2010

The color is dark ruby with a purple core and brilliant intensity. The nose is a complex array of the New World and Old World descriptors. There is that unmistakable classic Napa Cab nose that we like with rich ripe blackberry and cassis fruit that ... Andy Frieden. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, and earth notes. This brilliantly made, super-concentrated, pure, blockbuster possesses sweet tannin as well as a terrific finish. Having added additional weight since last year, this sumptuous, multilayered, profoundly concentrated Cabernet contains 14% alcohol. It is a candidate for 25-30 years of longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030.


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"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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