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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.
88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
(almost entirely from purchased fruit, rather than "leftovers" from the estate, according to assistant winemaker Matt Crafton; includes 8% merlot for earlier drinkability): Good ruby-red. Classic cabernet aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice, menthol and mint. Begins tight but becomes more pliant with air, showing firm but fine tannins that come off as less rustic than those of some past releases of this wine. Crafton noted that as of vintage 2008 the team no longer has to pump the must into the press, and they now benefit from smaller fermentation tanks, which allow for more precise harvesting. They're also making more use of delestage (rack-and-return) to try to integrate the oak element earlier.
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