Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Calistoga Estate 2006

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Wine Advocate Review Rated 87 From estate vineyards, Montelena fashions an old style, classic California Zinfandel. The 2006 Zinfandel Estate is a sexy effort with crisp acidity, fresh berry fruit, plenty of pepper and spice, and no hard edges. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Calistoga

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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 Zinfandel Calistoga Estate

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/20/09


Snooth User: steve16046
1085122827
3.50 5
06/07/2012

Pours a slightly dark violet color with lighter red hues around the edges. Aromas of dark berries, black pepper, tobacco and leather. Starts off with nice amounts of dark berries and black pepper. In the middle, there is more undertones of spices and some leather. Finishes with more berries, black pepper spice and a hint of tobacco. A nice medium to full bodied Zin. The tannins are subsiding some. This is a nice compliment to any grilled meal.


Snooth User: louie734
24119312
3.50 5
08/28/2009

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: WineWatcherUSA
33070141
1.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2008

Perhaps our bottle (purchased that day at a discount wine shop) had not been stored properly. The wine had aged: tawney in color, little fruit. One strong note on the nose and palate: pepper, black pepper. The alcohol level (14.8?) overpowered the wine. Altogether an unbalanced and disappointing wine $29 wine, expecially considering that we planned a meal around it. I've had wonderful wines in decades past from Montelena. I'll write this one off to being stored in too hot a setting...


Snooth User: benfowler
2838528
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2008

Well balanced and fruit driven. Rich body, really velvety, silky. Alcohol integrates really well...not too over the top.


Snooth User: jmigneault
14360415
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/28/2009

Four glasses



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Wine Advocate Review Rated 87 From estate vineyards, Montelena fashions an old style, classic California Zinfandel. The 2006 Zinfandel Estate is a sexy effort with crisp acidity, fresh berry fruit, plenty of pepper and spice, and no hard edges. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years.

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