2010 Chateau Montelena - Zinfandel Estate 750ml

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2010 Chateau Montelena - Zinfandel Estate

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International Wine Cellar | 89

Good full medium red. Slightly liqueur-like aromas of red cherry, plum, herbs and spices lifted by a peppery nuance. A supple, spicy midweight, with ripe acidity framing the flavors of red berry syrup and menthol. A rather polite and food-friendly style of zin, finishing spicy and dry, with fine-grained tannins and good length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Spectator | 89

A sleek and focused Zin, offering floral raspberry and underbrush aromas, with lingering flavors of lively cherry, vanilla and spice.

Drink Dates: 2013-2019
Author: Tim Fish


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Score: 90
Author: Cellar Dweller 33
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/12/2013

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"This soars out of the ordinary." -TIME, June 7, 1976 (Judgement of Paris, tasting quote)

This quote embodies the dedication to quality and the consistently elegant, classical style Chateau Montelena has embraced since the early days. The current offerings continue to display adherence to that handcrafted heritage. One of the original "blue-chip" estates of Napa, its illustrious history began in 1882 when Alfred L. Tubbs struck a deal to purchase 254 acres of land at the base of Mount St. Helena, two miles north of Calistoga. "Montelena" is a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena.

The present renaissance of this legendary estate began in 1972 under the leadership of James Barrett. It was thrust into the limelight after the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 when its 1973 Chardonnay walked away from stunned French judges with 1st place in the Chardonnay category. The continuing top-ranking results are testimony to the efforts of James' son Beau, who has maintained the quality performance level since 1982.
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