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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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86 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 1998
Deep, fresh red in the middle, the beginning of development at the rim. Redcurrant, tar, smoke and tobacco on the nose, plus stewy and sweaty nuances. Supple entry, then a bit raw and edgy, with modest depth of flavor and complexity. Rather tough, dry tannins (from chewed-up stems?) cut off the fruit. From a huge crop of late-picked grapes.