2015 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1346400


JD 92 VN 92
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K&L Notes

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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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Brand new from this Napa Valley icon, the 2015 Cab is simply delicious, super accessible, forward and open-knit. Quite perfumed, floral, with fresh-picked blackberries, liquored cassis, subtle vanillin oak and warm earth. Medium-bodied, with ripe, smooth tannins and moderate acidity. Drinking beautifully upon release but will no doubt provide plenty of pleasure down the road as well.


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