Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate 2005
Somewhat flabby and lacking in structure, but exhibits good fruit. Could have done with more barrel age, perhaps.
Earthy, chewy, a nice peppery bite when paired with some spicy food (really good with a peppercorn filet), and full of berries. Even so, more on the brambly and tobacco side than fruit. I really enjoyed it now, with or without food. I will try to avoid the temptation to drink it all now, and save some bottles for a few years.
An unpleasant bottle, with almost no fruit and a heavy note of menthol.
Paired with, of all things, a mild, high-quality pepperoni surrounding a touch of fresh mozzarella cheese, this wine was a revelation. Juicy, well structured, balanced, a perfect complement. Highly recommended pairing.
This is one of the most even tasting wines I have ever had. Full bodied but not overly tanin. Lots of fruit and complex flavors with no alcohol breath. Light chocolate, red berry and slight pepper finish.
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The 2002 Zinfandel is a blend of 96.6% Zinfandel, 1.5% Syrah, 1% Petit Syrah, and .9% Viognier. I like the idea of Viognier since I think it will uplift the aromatics, and although it is hard to believe that such a tiny amount could have given this wine a more exotic component to the aromatics, it does display an exuberant, ostentatious nose of red and black fruits intermixed with flowers, frying lard and a hint of peaches. Lush, ripe, heady and rich, this hedonistic effort will provide delicious drinking over the next 5-7 years.
Deeper ruby-red. Higher-pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry, minerals, licorice, menthol and flowers. Sweet but firm, currently showing a bit more life and lift than the 2002. Finishes with substantial building tannins. This needs bottling soon. Barrett has added 3% petite sirah, which he feels contributes density and freshness. "I like the way the petite sirah has a blanketing effect on the tongue," he noted.
Wine Advocate ReviewRated 87The 2005 Zinfandel is a success in this very challenging year for this varietal (not enough heat, which Zinfandel must have to ripen fully). The wine has good fruit, a leaner style, and a more elegant personality. Perhaps readers who never liked Zinfandel because of its powerful briery blast of fruit may take a liking to these more down-scaled, lighter 2005s.
From dry-farmed, head-pruned Zinfandel vineyards planted in Calistoga, Montelena's dark ruby-hued 2003 Zinfandel Estate offers a big, briery, cherry, pepper, loamy soil, and earthy-scented bouquet. Enjoy this spicy, rich, full-bodied effort over the next 3-4 years.
The 2005 Zinfandel is a success in this very challenging year for this varietal (not enough heat, which Zinfandel must have to ripen fully). The wine has good fruit, a leaner style, and a more elegant personality. Perhaps readers who never liked Zinfandel because of its powerful briery blast of fruit may take a liking to these more down-scaled, lighter 2005s.
Elegant and juicy, with cherry and sage aromas and supple plum, licorice and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2012.