Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019

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14.10% /
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Vintage: 2019
  • WS 90
  • MEL 90
  • WA 91
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Wine Description

Crafted meticulously by winemaker Matt Crafton, the Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019 paints a vivid picture in the glass. A 22-month sojourn in 100% French oak, with 40% being new barrels, reveals a captivating hue. On the nose, the wine unveils an arresting perfume of fresh flowers and lavender, harmoniously underscored by notes of ripe plum, sandalwood, cherry compote, and a delightful hint of Earl Grey. As one delves deeper, traces of black pepper, vanilla, crushed rock, and soy make a subtle entrance.

Taking a sip, one is greeted by the bright zesty acidity. Initial bursts of raspberry and cranberry swiftly make way for dark shades of blueberry jam and ripe blackberry. Mingling amidst the fruit are savory undertones of cedar and mint, characteristics intrinsic to Montelena Cabernet. The wine speaks of its youth, urging for a few years of patience in the cellar. Yet, even at this nascent stage, its vivacity and vineyard purity remain compelling.

A lingering finish carries forward the wine’s dual nature. Espresso bean and cacao initiate the closing notes, soon replaced by a dance of baking spices and a gentle sweetness. Critics echo the wine’s allure, with a 91-point commendation from Wine Advocate praising its cherry and redcurrant notes, and a 90-point nod from Wine Spectator lauding its robust build and hints of steeped plum and blackberry compote. This wine promises a jou

rney that will evolve, deepen, and enthrall with time.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

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Critical Acclaim

WS 90
Wine Spectator
Solidly built, showing an array of singed vanilla and cocoa along the edges, with a core of steeped plum and blackberry compote flavors. The slightly chewy finish is scored by tar and savory accents, giving this a bit of an old-school bent in the end. Best from 2023 through 2034.
MEL 90
Mel's Notes
Color: Captivating hue resulting from its time in French oak. Nose: Textbook notes of cherries and redcurrants, beautifully complemented by fresh flowers, lavender, ripe plum, sandalwood, and cherry compote. An intriguing hint of vanilla and Earl Grey punctuates the aromatic experience. Palate: Bright zesty acidity leads, introducing raspberry and cranberry, which are soon joined by deeper shades of blueberry jam, ripe blackberry, cedar, and mint. The tannins are silky, framed by subtle touches of vanilla, cocoa, and singed vanilla. A savory finish, reminiscent of espresso bean, cacao, and baking spices, rounds out the tasting. Food Pairings: Given its vibrant acidity and mix of fruit notes, pair this wine with grilled steaks, lamb dishes, or hearty pastas. The savory undertones and cedar notes would also complement dishes with herbs or mushrooms, such as a mushroom risotto or herb-roasted chicken.
WA 91
Wine Advocate
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley includes 9% Merlot from a vineyard in Oak Knoll and spent 16 months in 28% new French oak, with a bit of Hungarian as well. It offers up textbook notes of cherries and redcurrants, plus a hint of vanilla, all in an easy-drinking, medium to full-bodied format. The tannins are silky, and the acids are tart in this moderately concentrated effort that should provide enjoyable drinking over the next 10 years or so.

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Chateau Montelena, nestled in the scenic Napa Valley in Calistoga, boasts a rich history dating back to 1882 when Alfred L. Tubbs purchased its site. This iconic winery is renowned for its exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. The vineyards of Chateau Montelena sprawl across prime locations within the Napa Valley, including the Estate Vineyard in Calistoga and select spots in the Potter Valley AVA. Upholding sustainable and organic farming practices, the winery is dedicated to preserving the land's natural integrity. Apart from their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena produces a diverse range of wines including Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Syrah, and Riesling, celebrating the region's varied terroir and their commitment to exceptional... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular and highly valued wine grapes. This grape is grown in many regions around the world, including France, the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The wine made from this grape is known for its intense flavor, high tannin content, and longevity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid grape, the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which are both native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is known for its thick skin, which helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions, and its small berries, which contribute to its concentrated flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are typically harvested in the late fall, when the grapes have reached their optimal... Read More

Winemaker of Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019

Matt Crafton

As the driving force behind Chateau Montelena's winemaking endeavors, Matt Crafton brings a unique blend of determination and creativity to his role as Winemaker. While many initially expected him to pursue a career in finance after earning an Economics degree from the University of Virginia in 2003, Matt's heart led him to the world of winemaking. He started from the ground up, absorbing his father's wisdom that hard work is the ultimate differentiator. Matt's journey took him from the cellar to vineyards across the East Coast, Napa, and Sonoma, culminating in a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2008. His relentless dedication earned him the position of Enologist at Montelena, eventually rising to the esteemed role of Winemaker in 2014. At Montelena, Matt thrives... Read More
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Napa Valley AVA, located just an hour's drive north of San Francisco, California, holds the title of being the most renowned and prestigious wine region in the New World. The Napa Cab is a red wine that is aged in oak and has a strong aroma of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla, and smoky, bittersweet chocolate. It's the signature wine of the vineyard. Stretching approximately 35 miles (60km) southeast to northwest between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, Napa Valley boasts some of the most valuable vineyard properties on Earth. The picturesque drive from Napa to Calistoga takes around 40... Read More

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