Chateau Montelena Riesling Potter Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is bright, brilliant yellow gold in color, the deep gold a true Botrytis effect. The nose offers a wafting of perfume, with aromas of honeysuckle, Crenshaw or white melon, and a very pleasing varietal spice. On the palate it is simply “juicy-juice” tasty, bright, and awfully refreshing. The blend of flavors follows the nose, with melon and citrus, and moves on to a crisp, clean, refreshing finish. It’s an all around summer and picnic wine, and the spicy Riesling fruit is a great match with many cuisines, from Asian to sweet scallops. This is the one wine I recommend serving right out of the fridge.

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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

Member Reviews for Chateau Montelena Riesling Potter Valley

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.00 5
02/23/2009

Solid effort and great value. Nose has some petroleum and apricot with a tart, fresh taste with layers of lime. Good acid and decent finish. Tasted at Pres Club in SF. Was room temperature ... think would have been better if chilled a bit.



The wine is bright, brilliant yellow gold in color, the deep gold a true Botrytis effect. The nose offers a wafting of perfume, with aromas of honeysuckle, Crenshaw or white melon, and a very pleasing varietal spice. On the palate it is simply “juicy-juice” tasty, bright, and awfully refreshing. The blend of flavors follows the nose, with melon and citrus, and moves on to a crisp, clean, refreshing finish. It’s an all around summer and picnic wine, and the spicy Riesling fruit is a great match with many cuisines, from Asian to sweet scallops. This is the one wine I recommend serving right out of the fridge.

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