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Tasting Report: Napa Valley Road Trip 2019

March 19, 2019

Drinkhacker published its latest Tasting Report on Napa Valley, which featured Chateau Montelena. Of the winery, he accurately notes that the winery helps tell “the story of California wine, having played a pivotal role in the iconic Judgment of Paris in 1976.” As he continues to speak about the iconic property, he adds that “this pioneering producer continues to put out top-shelf wines while managing to stay relatively under the radar, with a focus on cabernet sauvignon but with side interests in myriad other wines, much of which is grown on its expansive Calistoga estate.” He reviews all the core wines in the portfolio, along with library vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc, Potter Valley Riesling, Napa Valley Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Read the full write up and review here

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    Chateau Montelena

    Potter Valley Riesling 2017

    Napa Valley, California

    Riesling is a hidden gem within the Chateau Montelena portfolio. Many people don’t know it exists, and once they do – they keep coming back for more. Stylistically, it is amazingly refreshing with notes of lemon blossom, honeysuckle and rose petal that are balanced by lively acidity

    Chateau Montelena

    Chateau Montelena Zinfandel

    Napa Valley, California

    Produced from grapes grown on the Montelena Estate vineyard, the Zinfandel is a classically-structured, subtle and refined wine. More than anything, it hearkens back to the way that Zinfandel was made in the 1960s and 1970s, with completely distinctive, rich and spicy California berry fruit, but a balance that made them no heavier than their Cabernet counterparts.

    Chateau Montelena

    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay

    Napa Valley, California

    A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.

    Chateau Montelena

    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

    The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is Chateau Montelena’s flagship wine and a quality icon of Napa Valley. The winemaking team works obsessively and passionately with each vintage to capture the best expression of their historic terroir. This is a show-stopper that reveals the perfect blend of flavors, aromas and textures to reach the pinnacle of balance.

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    Chateau Montelena

    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.