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2009 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate

  • 89 IWC
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SKU: 70963-2009-750-2A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    (essentially a 50/50 blend of primitivo and zinfandel, with splashes of petit sirah, syrah and viognier): Good medium bright red. Plum, flowers, herbs and pine oil on the high-toned nose. Dense, pungent and edgy, with red fruit and caraway seed flavors joined by pepper and flowers as the wine opened in the glass. This rich, smooth but lightly herbal zinfandel finishes with a slight bitter edge that should really bite into food. A step up in complexity from the estate's recent vintages of zinfandel.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: rediscovery
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Medium, classy not overblown. Bramble turning to pure blackberry.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2018
    Author: Patrick
"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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 71 bottles owned
  • 18 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 18 collectors)