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16 April 2014 News

Wine blog, The Gray Report, writes that although the Oakland Athletics Coliseum may not have the most amazing food to offer, “the A’s have better wines by the glass… than 90% of the restaurants in America”. The blog post is titled “Oakland Athletics create best sports stadium wine list ever”, and a favorite seems to be the Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon! Click here to read the whole post.

 
7 February 2014 News

A little piece put out today by the Drinks Business, Bo Barrett stirring up trouble in London.  Barrett gives his thoughts on the overuse of new oak. Click here to read the full article.

 
7 February 2014 News

The Weekly Calistogan published an article featuring Chateau Montelena and their commitment to staying green. Click here to read the many ways Chateau Montelena takes initiative in being Napa Green Certified.

 

 
9 December 2013 News

Chateau Montelena’s Napa Valley 2011 Chardonnay was recommended on the Top 10 Wines in the U.S. Press list for thedrinkbusiness.com. Their recommendation comes from Irene Virbila at the L.A. Times. Virbila writes, “This is an elegant Napa Valley Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena, very much still in the style that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 and launched California Chardonnay onto the world wine scene. Silky on the palate, the 2011 as aromas of pear, citrus and honeysuckle. A bright acidity and a discrete touch of oak gives the ripe fruit flavors a lift. A wine to savor. This would be a great bottle to take to a holiday dinner with people who would appreciate its finesse. It shows best with shellfish or fish in sauce — coquilles St. Jacques, lobster with drawn butter or Dungeness crab, but also a simple roast chicken.” Click here to see the full list.

 
18 November 2013 News

A great interview with Chateau Montelena’s Bo Barrett on the Winesearcher site. As usual, heartfelt with no punches pulled, click here to read the full interview.

 
15 November 2013 News

Wine-Searcher.com published an article sharing that Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay, the victorious wine of the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting, has been listed in “101 Objects That Made America”, by the Smithsonian Institution.”It wasn’t until ’76, after the Paris tasting, that anyone realized what we were doing out here,” Barrett told Wine-Searcher. “Being on the list is pretty cool. It’s a remarkable compliment, being included alongside things like Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit.” Click here to read the full piece.

 
6 September 2013 News

Chateau Montelena is featured in an article on the homepage of KCET.org in the Food section entitled “Chateau Montelena: Wine and Time”. Author George Yatchisin writes about Montelena’s beautiful estate, “It’s one of the most gorgeous wineries in Napa”. Yatchisin also gives the historic background of the Montelena Chardonnay that took the top prize for whites at the 1976 Judgment of Paris blind tasting. The winery is not only known for the 1976 blind tasting and for its historic estate but also for making one of the most age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons in California. Yatchisin writes, “Recently I had the pleasure of enjoying a bottle of 1991 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the first expensive bottle of wine I ever bought, perhaps almost $40 back in 1995 (that seemed like a fortune at the time), and I had stored it ever since, assuming there would be a right time, a right steak (come to think of it, I was a pescatarian when I bought it). I would not want to begin to count the bottles of wine I’ve purchased/consumed since then, as the Montelena bided its time. Perhaps it felt it was waiting for me, too.” To read more about his experience with Montelena’s 1991 Cabernet and the full article click here.

 

 
29 August 2013 News

Wine-searcher.com’s Diana Goodman posted an article in honor of Chateau Montelena’s recognition in the National Register of Historic Places. Goodman writes that it is recognized for the estate’s role in helping put Napa Valley wines on the international map with the success at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. “Chateau Montelena originally applied for recognition of its the stone chateau and winery, completed by Alfred Tubbs in 1888, and owned and operated by the Barrett family since 1972. However, the National Register added the Paris tasting as also being historically significant. ” To read the full article click here.

 

 
28 August 2013 News, Videos

Chateau Montelena winemaker Cameron Parry introduces Chateau Montelena’s 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay – the 40th vintage release of this historic wine.  Cameron touches on how Montelena has never wavered from its philosophy, but constantly strives to improve.  This 2011 vintage is, in fact, the most critically acclaimed Chardonnay ever released by Chateau Montelena, with the Wine Advocate awarding the wine 93 Points and stating:

“The 2011 Chardonnay appears to have more richness and body than the 2010, which is counterintuitive considering the cool year, but in 2011 Bo Barrett and his team had to wait until the end of October for this fruit to fully ripen, which, needless to say, is highly unusual. The characteristic Montelena Chardonnay aromas and flavors come through, but in a slightly richer style than normal. Hints of lemon oil, crushed rocks and flowers meld together beautifully on the resonant finish. Barrett adds that the 2011 was the first wine made in the new cellar, which is set up to handle small-lot fermentations. Whatever the reasons, the 2011 is striking in every way.” 

 

 
15 August 2013 News

The blog Grapefriend posted a piece featuring Chateau Montelena’s 2012 Potter Valley Riesling! Grapefriend’s “drink me” section gives wine suggestions and recommendations of food and wine pairings. For the Potter Valley Riesling, Kung Pao spicy chicken wings was the food of choice! Grapefriend’s comments were as  follows: “Yum factors: Very light and the perfect amount of sweetness – not overpowering, just there for balance. It’s not as searingly acidic as German, or Alsatian Rieslings which I love, but this is like a more gentle, more floral version of it and still really, really delicious.” Click here to read the full blog post.

Grapefriend's food and wine pairing photo!