Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate 2011

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This Zinfandel shows beautiful ruby red color with medium density. The nose is rich with barrel spice and toast notes...

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Woodland Hills Wine Company
Woodland Hills, CA (2,400 mi)
USD 34.95
750ml
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Bright, ripe nose of bramble fruit and spice. Raspberry, white pepper and baking spice. On the palate, it feels richbut isn't jammy. It has a nic... Read more

Blueberry and cherry nose. Nice balanced cranberry and chestnut flavors in the mouth. Raspberry finish, with a bit of a bitter chocolate core, nice. Read more

Tons of oak on the nose right out of the bottle, but dissipated nicely with decanting for about a half hour. It then smelled like the pork roast th... Read more

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,199
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/04/2012

Bright, ripe nose of bramble fruit and spice. Raspberry, white pepper and baking spice. On the palate, it feels richbut isn't jammy. It has a nice balance of bright acidity, ripe red berry fruit, tannin and spice. Nothing leans too heavy on the profile, making it well integrated and nicely structured. Mid palate, there are some nice red and black plum aromas and flavors. The finish is a tad hot with alcohol and all the flavor dissipates leaving you with just acid and alcohol. That's it's only downside. 3/4/12


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 05/06/2010

Blueberry and cherry nose. Nice balanced cranberry and chestnut flavors in the mouth. Raspberry finish, with a bit of a bitter chocolate core, nice.


Snooth User: Val13
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/22/2010

Tons of oak on the nose right out of the bottle, but dissipated nicely with decanting for about a half hour. It then smelled like the pork roast that my husband had been cooking; lesson learned, don't decant too close to the stove. Fairly full body, with moderate acid and tannins. Definite cranberry notes, but not excessively fruity; spice and earth predominate. A fairly good match for the pork roast, although almost a little too bold for "the other white meat."


Snooth User: grbaKKy
601103139
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/23/2011

very light... smooth and well balanced.


Snooth User: BearBryant
178885335
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 05/05/2009

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


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External Reviews for Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate

External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2013

The 2009 Zinfandel is a pretty, fleshy wine laced with dried cherries, crushed flowers, plums, worn-in leather and spices. Layers of fruit build gracefully to the round, caressing finish. This is an attractive wine, even if it isn?t totally varietally exp


External Review
Vintage: 2008 06/22/2011

Good full red. Brambly red berries, cola and chocolate on the nose, plus a suggestion of roasted fruits. Supple, sweet and creamy, with just enough acidity and soft tannins to frame its fat fruit. Perfect for early consumption.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 06/22/2011

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
Vintage: 2008 06/22/2011

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


External Review
Vintage: 2008 06/22/2011

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
Vintage: 2008 06/22/2011

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
Vintage: 2008 06/22/2011

From estate vineyards, Montelena fashions an old style, classic California Zinfandel. Even better is the unbottled 2007 Zinfandel Estate, which exhibits a slightly darker ruby/purple color as well as a big, seductive nose of black cherries, briery mountain fruit, earth, pepper, herbs, and new saddle leather. Already delicious, this medium to full-bodied Zin should drink well for 3-5 years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

This Zinfandel shows beautiful ruby red color with medium density. The nose is rich with barrel spice and toast notes reminiscent of rustic bread fresh from a wood-fired oven along with bright red briar-berry, cedar, anise, and a hint of tobacco. Bright yet soft on the palate, this wine opens on the mid-palate with juicy fruits and complex barrel spice followed by tannins that persist through a lovely finish of dried fruit and black licorice. Barrel aged 14 months in 50% French and 50% American oak (13% new). Alcohol 14.5%.

This Zinfandel shows beautiful ruby red color with medium density. The nose is rich with barrel spice and toast notes reminiscent of rustic bread fresh from a wood-fired oven along with bright red briar-berry, cedar, anise, and a hint of tobacco. Bright yet soft on the palate, this wine opens on the mid-palate with juicy fruits and complex barrel spice followed by tannins that persist through a lovely finish of dried fruit and black licorice. Barrel aged 14 months in 50% French and 50% American oak (13% new). Alcohol 14.5%.

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