Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Brand : Chateau Montelena
Region : Napa Valley
Vintage : Current Release
Varietal : Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon
Taste : Full Body

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

"The most important thing in winemaking is balance; from the technical aspect it is the strength of the triangle: balance of art, farming and science to make consistently great wines." - Bo Barrett
VINOUS: 92 (2014 Vintage)

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific introduction to the vintage at Montelena. Brisk and energetic, the 2014 offers a good bit of nuance and aromatic complexity. The flavors are dark and intense, but the 2014 is very much medium in body, as these wines are. There is no shortage of muscle and power, especially at this level. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and herbs inform the muscular, virile finish. This is a terrific set of new releases from Bo Barrett and winemaker Matt Crafton. After a bit of back and forth in recent years on the stylistic direction of the wines - the Cabernets in particular - Barrett seems to have settled into a very comfortable place, as is evidenced by the stellar 2014s. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in coming years. The 2014s seem to point to a slightly more classic style than the (admittedly) slight move to a sweeter, riper style seen in some recent vintages.

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Vintage:
  • Current Release

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