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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.
87-88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1999
Good full deep red. More floral aromas of black cherry, shoe polish, smoke and meat. Sweeter entry, then nicely focused and bright, though inky and minty elements give the wine a somewhat rustic aspect. Boasts fresher fruit and sweeter tannins than the '96.