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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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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 1998
Good deep red-ruby; fresher than the '89. Maturing aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, tar and loam; cleaner than the '89. Fairly supple flavors of currant and prune, complicated by notes of sandalwood and leather. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a hint of raisin. From a tiny crop.