Chateau Montelena takes a great deal of pride in the stewardship of their estate vineyard. It’s a reminder that even at the highest level, wine is rooted in agriculture: the relationship between the farmer and his field is a partnership, and human involvement is an integral part of terroir. When we consider what makes a site’s essence, it’s easy to forget the hands that plant the vines, amend the soil, and prune the canes. Chateau Montelena’s long history of classic wines is proof that success isn’t a sprint, but a single leg in a multi-decade marathon.
“Healthy medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of cassis, kirsch, tar, espresso and mint. Suave, fine-grained and vibrant; not a powerhouse but boasts a texture of liquid silk. The very intense dark berry and dark chocolate flavours show a captivating restrained sweetness and great energy. This very young but impeccably balanced wine spreads out subtly to saturate the palate on the very long, rising finish, which features noble tannins and terrific juicy verve. A stunning bottle.”
95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2015
“A classic, old style Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena’s 2004 reveals beautiful purity along with lots of creme de cassis fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish. By Montelena standards, it is a bit more powerful than usual (14.1% alcohol). These wines have an uncanny ability to age for 2-3 decades, and while the 2004 is slightly more forward and evolved than other vintages have been (2001 and 2002), it should last for 20-25 years. “
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2014