2015 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1346400


JD 92 VN 92
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Chateau Montelena is one of the most prominent Napa Valley wineries and was directly associated with bringing international recognition to the California wine industry through the 1976 Judgment of Paris. Winery Notes: "The nose; Fresh raspberries tee off a parade of red fruit punctuated by rich strawberry jam, and bolstered by vanilla, black pepper, and violets. On the palate there's a latent weight and density with fine-grained tannins that have just begun to slowly integrate with the rich, dark fruit of the vintage. On the finish, the texture and mouthfeel of the wine build which strikes a fine balance between the subtle acidity lingering just below the surface and the concentration of the fruit and tannins. The weather in 2015 was highly conducive to producing ripe, concentrated wines. Warm, dry conditions catalyzed an early start to the growing season, while a temperate spring coupled with the effects of the multi-year drought limited our yields in the vineyard. Summer temperatures remained manageable as August heat materialized just ahead of harvest."


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