Located just north of Calistoga in Napa Valley, California, Chateau Montelena is an iconic
estate whose name is synonymous with excellence. Founded in 1882 by Alfred L. Tubbs,
this businessman steadily increased production until Prohibition, after which the property
fell into disrepair. In 1958, Yort and Jeanie Frank purchased the estate and slowly
transformed it into the beautiful property that it is today.
When the Barrett family bought the property in 1972, James Barrett focused his attention
on restoring the vineyards, winery and cellar. Chateau Montelena is a true family affair – for
more than 30 years, James’s son Bo has been master winemaker and responsible for the
consistently high quality of these benchmark wines. Other key members of the winemaking
team include winemaker Cameron Parry, assistant winemaker Matt Cratfon and vineyard
manager Dave Vella.
The infamous 1976 tasting in Paris placed Chateau Montelena at the forefront of the wine
world and the family continues to build upon that legacy by producing terroir-driven,
authentic wines of distinction.
|Rich and intense aromas of lemon, lime leaf, citrus flowers, honey
and slightly nutty baked pie crust. The creamy texture is nicely complemented by expressions of white stone fruits (nectarines
and peaches) and Granny Smith green apple with hints of marzipan on the finish.
|To ensure ripe phenolics and balanced flavors, the grapes were harvested in different passes over a three week period. The
wine aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (8% new).