Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley
Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley – One of a few genuinely historic Napa wineries dating back to the 1880s. Nowadays the winery is best- known for one of the greatest Cabernet-based reds from the US. Even in lesser years the Montelena Estate red has a reputation for real quality. It is a backward and powerfully structured wine that stands in marked contrast to the many ripe and supple, opulent styles that have emerged more recently. A minimum of 10 years is required to enjoy it at its best; often opening a bottle early will cause great disappointment as with some of the great wines of France. A varietal Zinfandel has now replaced the St Vincent which blended Zinfandel and Sangiovese. It is a typically fine, elegant and structured example of the grape in keeping with the winemaking approach here. The Chardonnay is a particularly restrained, tight and mineral-laden example, stylish and impeccably balanced. Unlike many examples from California it will develop well with age. A fresh style of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is also made as well as a small amount of Riesling from the Potter Valley which has a small amount of botrytis and a touch of residual sugar. (DM)
Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley www.montelena.com
Barrett family 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
Tel: 707 942-5105 Fax: 707 942-4221
To find out more about Caymus and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)