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Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate 2005

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Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley 2005

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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 Napa Valley Estate

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Snooth User: BearBryant
178885335
2.50 5
05/17/2009

Somewhat flabby and lacking in structure, but exhibits good fruit. Could have done with more barrel age, perhaps.


Snooth User: Muchkabouche
232185202
4.00 5
10/01/2009

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.


Snooth User: TerryH
175974184
0.50 5
05/05/2009

An unpleasant bottle, with almost no fruit and a heavy note of menthol.


Snooth User: KMango
8461532
4.00 5
02/01/2009

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.


Snooth User: terryhbnc
3211155
4.50 5
01/05/2010

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.


Snooth User: dschur
8222338
3.00 5
08/04/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
11/25/2009

RP: 87 Points


External Review
01/17/2009

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Elegant and juicy, with cherry and sage aromas and supple plum, licorice and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2012.


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