Vintage 2019

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Château Montelena

Product Code: ML0319RC

Tasting Notes

NOSE Pure and powerful, this wine opens with fresh blueberries, blackberry pie and cassis. e endless dark fruit is complemented by a range of baking spices: vanilla at first, but also clove and cinnamon. PALATE e first sip instantly reveals the character of this Cabernet: dense and chewy with bright red fruit, incredible tension and pure, fine grain tannins. Not only is everything in its place; but the layers of flavor, the depth of the fruit and the sublime texture are constantly rearranging. Each glass will be a unique experience. FINISH In contrast to the dynamic palate, the finish is focused and stout. Abundant cocoa, espresso bean and black pepper dovetail into dark, black fruit while tart raspberry and strawberry jam linger.

Profile

Cabernet Sauvignon
13.8
UNITED STATES
12
Cork
Chateau Montelena
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Pure and powerful, this wine opens
with fresh blueberries, blackberry 
pie and cassis. e endless dark 
fruit is complemented by a range 
of baking spices: vanilla at first, 
but also clove and cinnamon.
PALATE
e first sip instantly reveals the 
character of this Cabernet: dense and
chewy with bright red fruit, incredible
tension and pure, fine grain tannins. 
Not only is everything in its place; 
but the layers of flavor, the depth of 
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will be a unique experience. 
FINISH
In contrast to the dynamic 
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challenges, plenty of character development, and of course final victory. With that said, it is just as gratifying to hit 
that pitch out of the park if the opportunity is there. Moreover, while it’s true that every vintage builds character, 
growing seasons like 2019 beget gratefulness and reflection in reminding us why Napa Valley in general and the 
Montelena Estate vineyard in particular are so special. In short, this vintage exemplifies all of the characteristics 
that one could seek in delicious, age-worthy wine.
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periods when patience was necessary, harvest proceeded smoothly and successfully.
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Producer >

In 1972 Jim Barrett, son of a Waterford immigrant, purchased the historic 100 hectare property which lies 3.5 kilometres north of Calistoga, at the base of Mount St. Helena. The region lies on a complex terroir with a mixture of alluvial and volcanic soils, some on the flat, some on steeply sided hillsides and in 2010 was given its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) as a recognition of its uniqueness. Under Jim Barrett’s guidance the château’s vineyards were replanted and a modern winery was installed and in 1976 his vision was rewarded by winning the famous ‘Judgement of Paris’ when his Chardonnay beat 4 white Burgundies and five other Californian Chardonnays in a blind tasting that rocked the wine world. Today, Jim’s son, Bo, is at the helm and he has continued the tradition of making elegantly styled wines, both white and red.

Viticulture >

Every once in a while, nature serves up the proverbial “pitch down the middle.” Everyone remembers fondly the wines from 2005 or 2013 when quality was simply there for the taking. ˜at was the case with 2019. Amusingly, as a winemaker, our favorite vintages are typically those that follow a Hollywood-esque storyline with unforeseen challenges, plenty of character development, and of course final victory. With that said, it is just as gratifying to hit that pitch out of the park if the opportunity is there. Moreover, while it’s true that every vintage builds character, growing seasons like 2019 beget gratefulness and reflection in reminding us why Napa Valley in general and the Montelena Estate vineyard in particular are so special. In short, this vintage exemplifies all of the characteristics that one could seek in delicious, age-worthy wine. VINTAGE WEATHER ˜e growing season began cold and wet, typically the harbinger of a late vintage. However, by mid-summer, abundant warm weather had settled in, resulting in very “normal” timing for harvest. Given the plentiful yields, it wasn’t a surprise to experience a divergence in ripening across di˝erent soils and clones. ˜at’s to be expected and can be quite beneficial when handled correctly. ˜ankfully, the weather during September cooperated and despite a few periods when patience was necessary, harvest proceeded smoothly and successfully.

Winemaking >

16 months in French and Eastern European oak, 28% new

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