The wine matured for 22 months in French oak (34% new) and offers complex and inviting aromas of dark cherries, dark dried fruits, earth, cedar and vanilla cream along with hints of licorice and leather. Well integrated acids and tannins provide balance and structure for the impressively long and expansive finish.
Located just north of Calistoga in Napa Valley, California, Chateau Montelena is an iconic estate whose name is synonymous with excellence. Founded in 1882 by Alfred L. Tubbs, this businessman steadily increased production until Prohibition, after which the property fell into disrepair. In 1958, Yort and Jeanie Frank purchased the estate and slowly transformed it into the beautiful property that it is today. When the Barrett family bought the property in 1972, James Barrett focused his attention on restoring the vineyards, winery and cellar. Chateau Montelena is a true family affair – for more than 30 years, James’s son Bo has been master winemaker and responsible for the consistently high quality of these benchmark wines. Other key members of the winemaking team include winemaker Cameron Parry, assistant winemaker Matt Cratfon and vineyard manager Dave Vella. The infamous 1976 tasting in Paris placed Chateau Montelena at the forefront of the wine world and the family continues to build upon that legacy by producing terroir-driven, authentic wines of distinction.
|(98% Cabernet Sauvignon/2% Cabernet Franc). The terroir of this vineyard ranges from a flat and steep sedimentary rock substrata to alluvial or volcanic soils.