2000 Chateau Montelena - Zinfandel Estate 750ml

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WA 90   Collector 85
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

A new name is being considered for the 2000, a blend of equal parts Primitivo and Zinfandel. The 2000 Primitivo/Zinfandel* is a delicious, Italian-styled effort offering abundant quantities of spice, sweet black cherry and currant fruit, smoke, dried herbs, leather, earth, and subtle American oak in the background. It's a rustic but full-flavored red to drink during its first 4-5 years of life.

Drink Dates: 2002-2007
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 85
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2003
Drink Dates: 2003
This wine comes from Montelen's 9.5 acre estate Zinfandel vineyard. The vines are 30 years old. Given Bo Barrett?s obvious skill I would think his Zinfandels would perform better. Expansive aromas of plum and spice. Reasonably concentrated fruit on the palate that turns briary in the finish. Lowering this vineyard?s yields may do wonders for this wine. Drink now.

Average rating: 87, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

130 bottles owned by 47 collectors.

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About This Producer


"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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Wine Varietal: Zinfandel


Zinfandel is a black grape variety of Croatian descent. With no ties to France, Zinfandel has actually been linked to the Primitivo grape of Italy, but California is where the majority of Zinfandel is grown. This variety possesses extremely versatile characteristics from light and fruity, to jammy and ripe with high alcohol. Growing Zinfandel can be difficult due to its packed clusters and short stems, which make the vines prone to uneven ripening and mildew. Preferring a warm climate, Zinfandel is also grown in other western states in the United States as well as in Australia and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Zinfandel include red berry fruits, raspberry, blackberry, anise and pepper.

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