"You know you’re doing something right when, after 45 years of Chardonnay winemaking, they name a California Chardonnay style after your winery, the 'Montelena style'." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Chateau Montelena is probably Napa’s most iconic producer. With a history stretching back to 1882, the winery shot to fame with their 1973 Napa Chardonnay winning first place in the now famous 'Judgment of Paris' tasting. Since then Jim Barrett, and more recently his son Bo Barrett, have created a legacy that is synonymous with any discussion on the rise of Napa Valley in the world of...
Healthy deep red. Good energy and nuance to the aromas of plum, currant, tobacco and milk chocolate The palate conveys an old-vines intensity and good lift to the currant and wild mint flavors. The sweetest and lushest of these 2011s to this point, finishing with firm, building tannins and very good balancing acidity.91 Points.more
Bottle 75cl £48.68
Roasted beef, chipped asphalt and black currant conspire for a very deep and brooding but not overly powerful nose on this bottling from winemaker Trey Fletcher. The palate pops with thyme, rosemary, dried flowers and pepper, with the tangy black plum fruit only emerging with patience. Built to last.more
Bottle 75cl £44.26
"Year after year Chateau Montelena makes some of the most attractive, classically built Napa Valley Cabernets readers will come across"
- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
After a tricky 2011 vintage, Napa Valley 2012 is a return back to form for the region. Antonio Galloni says “The best 2012s are dazzling”. Rest assured, this is one of the best estates in California, let alone Napa. This is one to collect and enthuse about over the coming years.
“2012, which I had the opportunity to taste at 12 months of age, looks spectacular… a great vintage that appears to be a no-brainer when it comes to consumers interest.” – Robert Parker on Napa Valley 2012