Vintage 2019

Potter Valley Riesling, Château Montelena

Product Code: ML0419RC

Tasting Notes

Layered in are traditional aromas of apricot, lemon blossom, and dried peach. While there’s a hint of lime leaf, it tends to be masked at this stage by more opulent characteristics, revealing itself over time.
Asian pear and cinnamon are immediately evident, lending depth and richness. This wine is surprisingly integrated given its youth, although there’s certainly more complexity lurking beneath the surface. Meyer lemon, honey candy, and dried pineapple lend a sense of hedonistic enjoyability, while the latent acid balances the lavishness with subtlety rather than austerity.
It’s mouthcoating without being cloying, and rich without being fatiguing. It’s a sublime wine with incredible potential.

Profile

Riesling
White
12.8%
US
California
12
Cork
Chateau Montelena
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            [Notes1] => Aromas of raspberry, cedar, dried fruit and the classic Zinfandel briar-berry with hints of pipe tobacco and dusty cocoa.  Very juicy on the palate, ripe and sweet with good length.  Shows good weight and velvety tannins throughout – very fleshy without being overbearing.

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What a difference a year makes. Deciding not to harvest the 2018 Riesling due to smoke exposure in the vineyard 
was agonizing but it was the correct decision. For the first time since 1972, Chateau Montelena did not make Riesling,
but the 2019 was well worth the wait. Not only is it delicious and certainly fills the void from the missed vintage, 
but the entire episode, capped with the comeback of an amazing wine, serves as yet another example of our unwavering
commitment to integrity and honesty. e rhetoric of “high standards” and “no compromises” is bandied about, but 
the idea of crafting a wine contrary to our values wasn’t even considered. Welcome back Riesling. 
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decide to harvest primarily based on flavor and balance in the fruit, and this year that balance was achieved at slightly 
higher ripeness compared to previous vintages. e result is an opulent, voluptuous, but still fresh and dynamic wine. 
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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.

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6 months in French oak and stainless steel

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