Friday, December 09, 2005

Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena's rich history can be traced back to January 1882, when a San Francisco entrepreneur, Alfred L. Tubbs, bought 254 acres of rugged land two miles north of Calistoga on the base of Mount Saint Helena. In the year 1886, Alfred L. Tubbs employed a French-born winemaker, and within a period of ten years, in 1896, his winery, Chateau Montelena, was the seventh largest winery in the Napa Valley.

Some of the finest red wines in the world come from the grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. In certain appellations in France and in Napa Valley, California, Cabernet Sauvignon produces wines known for their richness.

Vintages of Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2003 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes in an attractive dense purple color. It renders the aromas of creme de cassis, earth, and forest floor scents. It offers mid palate and contains 14.3% alcohol.

2002 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

It is an excellent blend of cabernet franc (1%), alcohol (14.3%), and cabernet sauvignon (99%). The aromas of sweet creme de cassis liqueur along with the fragrances of beef blood, underbrush, and licorice characterize this vintage.

2001 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The magic that the vintage creates with the aroma of crushed rocks, cre;me de cassis, and a hint of licorice is spellbinding. An excellent blend of cabernet sauvignon (96%), cabernet franc (4%), and alcohol (14.1%) makes it a fine wine.

2000 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

It provides the sweet aromas of black currants. A pure and excellent wine, it has a full-bodied structure with smooth tannins. It creates the charisma of earthy berry fruit on the palate. Known for its balance, the vintage emerges in inky deep blue color.

1998 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

This vintage is known as the best vintage among other vintages. It is offered with aromas of currant, black raspberry, licorice, cassis, cedar bark, and menthol, tarry oak and dark chocolate. The palate consists of currant fruit, toasty oak and concentrated black cherry.

1997 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The palate is big and juicy upfront, with multilayered flavors. As far as its nose is concerned, this vintage gives the aromas of berry fruit, earth, and smoke. Over all it is an excellent vintage from the vineyards of the Montelena Cabernet Estate Sauvignon.

1996 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

This vintage has dark garnet color. Its aroma maintains the dignity of the Montelena trademark and seems very natural with scents of cassis, briar, earth, oak, and leather. The palate renders flavors of jam, ripe cassis, nice tannins, tons of extract.

1995 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Known for its perfect fruit balance, it has inky color and gives the aromas of earthy berry, and tonal black tea. It creates magic on the palate with cassis berry, earth, smoke, and spice.

1994 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The vintage gives the nodes of the ripe varietal Cabernet fruit with ripe rich berry and jam. It characterizes the flavor of fruits on the palate. Featuring some of the qualities of the classic Montelena, you may cellar it for more years to enjoy the vintage.

1993 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

It comes in deep color that gives an impression of the black color. With a spicy taste, it is different from the vintage of 1992. It is concentrated and has good acid balance, creating a smooth effect on the palate.