Red Wine Chateau Montelena - Zinfandel

Chateau Montelena - Zinfandel
Chateau Montelena - Zinfandel
  • Producer Chateau Montelena
  • Blend 57% Primitivo, 43% Zinfandel
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC 0 15643 25694 3

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Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mount Saint Helena. The soils are well drained, stony and loose – perfect for the vine cuttings he would plant.


Produced from grapes grown on the Montelena Estate vineyard, the Zinfandel is a classically-structured, subtle and refined wine.


The Zinfandel sees a primary ferment in stainless steel and malolactic fermentation in oak. It is then aged in French/Irish/ American oak barrels for 16 months, 20% of which are new.


2014 witnessed a mild spring and subsequent temperate summer which led to almost perfect uniformity and allowed Montelena to pick large swathes of the property in quick succession. Flavors remained ripe and rich throughout harvest with the fruit requiring minimal hand-sorting on the crush pad.


The vineyard is comprised of varied terrain, from flat to steep hillsides. Extending out from the Napa River is the alluvial soil, the most prevalent type on the property. In the back and outside areas of the vineyard are volcanic soils, formed by ancient lava flows caused by tectonic uplifting. The decades old Zinfandel, planted in craggy volcanic soil, combined with 10 year old vines in cobbly alluvial soil, produces a wine with complex character.

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