Wine Spectator 91 points - This shows a more supple, graceful, accessible style of Montelena Cabernet, combining a sleek, rich core of dark berry, black licorice, roasted coffee and cedar flavors with a black licorice underpinning. The texture is firm but the tannins have a fleshy side. Offers a long, clean finish. Drink now through 2028.—J.L. (May 28 2014)
Wine Advocate 91 points - Chateau Montelea?s flagship wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Montelena Estate possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as beautiful black currant and blueberry fruit, soft tannins, medium to full body, and a harmonious, supple mouthfeel. This classic, old style California Cabernet has been tweaked somewhat as evidenced by its sweeter tannins and more upfront fruit. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years. (Oct 2013)
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 – James’s son Bo is Montelena’s master winemaker and for more than 30
years he has consistently created benchmark wines in the house style. Other key members of the winemaking team include
winemaker Cameron Parry, assistant winemaker Matt Cratfon and vineyard manager Dave Vella.
The now famous Paris tasting of 1976 placed Chateau Montelena at the forefront of the wine world and the family continues to
build upon its legacy of excellence and dedication to terroir-driven, authentic wines.