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About Chateau Montelena
Chateau Montelena has produced wine in the Napa Valley for over 100 years. But only since 1972, when the Barret family took over management, has quality taken off. Overseeing the production of roughly 36,000 cases annually, winemaker Bo Barret produces classic, austere Cabernet Sauvignons as well as Zinfandels and Chardonnays.
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83 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005
($38; an 80/20 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Red-ruby. Sweet, expressive aromas of plum, currant, loam and tobacco. Supple and fat but dry, with good flavor intensity. Seems fatter and riper than the more medicinal 2001. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins.
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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