Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Dark garnet, nearly violet in the glass, the aromatic intensity of this wine is irresistible. Fresh berries and dried cherries comingle with bergamot, lavender, mint, gunpowder, and sage without a single element dominating another.
Fresh and dynamic, with cranberry, cola, and raspberry jam. e acidity is laser focused, the spine pulling the layers of flavor into harmony with the wine’s supple, yet dense, structure. The tannins here serve to elevate not overwhelm the kinetic balance of texture, ripeness, and vineyard character.
Toasted hazelnut and vanilla emerge as the wine leans savory with mushroom, black pepper, and cedar. e Merlot in the blend really shines here with rhubarb, cassis, and velvety softness.
- Winemaker's Notes
Chateau Montelena was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs. The renaissance of the winery, under the leadership of James Barrett, began in 1972 with the replanting of the Estate vineyard and the establishment of the Chateau Montelena philosophy: make the best, period. Today the tradition continues. Jim Barrett's son, Bo, winemaker at Chateau Montelena beginning in 1982, is now its Master Winemaker. After more than three decades of experience with the same vineyards and varieties, the Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Chardonnay are recognized as world-class.