About This Wine
Chateau Montelena was one of the big winners at the “Paris Tasting” of 1976.
That was the event at which American and French wines were tasted “blind” by French wine experts and, on the whole, the American bottlings won out. It changed the way the world viewed American wines — especially those from California.
Chateau Montelena has been making acclaimed wines ever since, and its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay bottlings are always in demand. While there’s inevitable vintage variance, the wines are amazingly consistent year after year.
“Fruit quality was excellent and the 2007 harvest was near-average in size, with no big surprises,” says winemaker Bo Barrett. “We had good timing throughout with a nice, steady pace of pressing the grapes and then filling the tanks. In any kind of farming, normal is what you want; it is good. Here at Chateau Montelena, normal is excellent, and I’m happy to report that 2007 was a very normal year.”
About Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep color and richness with the potential to age a long time, and better still if aged in oak before bottling. Classic flavors blackcurrant, plum, cherry and spice. The most popular varietal of red wine in America.
- Grape Composition:99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Napa Valley, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Spice, Cedar, Earth, Tobacco, Black Cherry, Black Currant, Blueberry Jam & Butterscotch
- Aging Vessels:Oak Barrels for 20 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionblack olive and rosemary focaccia.
A great wine in the making, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (just under 10,000 cases produced) possesses a fragrant bouquet of sweet black currants, crushed rocks, earth and background oak. Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena’s typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formidably endowed red that requires 4-5 years of cellaring. That in itself is atypical of this exuberant, flamboyant vintage. Given this cuvee’s past history, this 2007 should age for 30+ years.