Well-respected Houston Chronicle wine columnist Dale Robertson highlights Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel ($39) in his weekly column, among other zingy and robust reds, awarding is an 8.9 out of 10 for quality and 9 out of 10 for value!
He adds that it received “a unanimous recommendation with three scores of at least 9.1.” Elaborating that it boasts “Monster blackberry fruit with a touch of smoky oak. Equal parts fruity and spicy. Elegant for a zin.”
You can read his entire column and more details about the vintage and winemaker Matt Crafton here!
Napa Valley, California
Produced from grapes grown on the Montelena Estate vineyard, the Zinfandel is a classically-structured, subtle and refined wine. Planted in volcanic soil, combined with 10-year-old vines in alluvial soil, this is a stunning wine known for its spicy, ripe berry flavor.
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.