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Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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88 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Super classic scents of sweet tobacco, dried flowers, mint, licorice and dried cherries emerge from Montelena's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. A floral, mid-weight wine, the 2011 Cabernet is built for near-term drinking. Soft, silky tannins support the gracious finish. Drink: 2013-2019. (Nov 2013)

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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

External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

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 wines 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. - WineryBlend:91.5% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Merlot.5% Cabernet FrancBarrel Aging: 14 months, French and Eastern European, 27% newAlcohol: 13.4%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/27/2015

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%



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88 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Super classic scents of sweet tobacco, dried flowers, mint, licorice and dried cherries emerge from Montelena's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. A floral, mid-weight wine, the 2011 Cabernet is built for near-term drinking. Soft, silky tannins support the gracious finish. Drink: 2013-2019. (Nov 2013)

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