Chateau Montelena Napa Cabernet Sauvignon California Red Wine 750 mL
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Notes from the Winemaker, Matt Crafton
NOSE Dark garnet, nearly violet in the glass, the aromatic intensity of this wine is irresistible. Fresh berries and dried cherries comingle with bergamot, lavender, mint, gunpowder and sage without a single element dominating another.
PALATE Fresh and dynamic, with cranberry, cola and raspberry jam. e acidity is laser focused, the spine pulling the layers of flavor into harmony with the wine’s supple, yet dense, structure. e tannins here serve to elevate, not overwhelm, the kinetic balance of texture, ripeness and vineyard character.
FINISH Toasted hazelnut and vanilla emerge as the wine leans savory with mushroom, black pepper and cedar. e Merlot in the blend really shines here with rhubarb, cassis and velvety softness.
BLEND 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc
BARREL AGING 16 months in French and Eastern European oak, 26% new, 14.2% Alcohol
WINEMAKER Matt Crafton