30 August 2012 News, Videos

Chateau Montelena just released the 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay. Check out these two Montelena videos with Bo Barrett discussing the 2010 harvest for the winery!

24 August 2012 News

An influx of new money and bold ideas in the early 1970’s saw the birth of the modern Californian wine industry. In their just-released California issue, Decanter Magazine tracks the several estates that were founded or had their first vintage in 1972.  Within the class of ’72 is Chateau Montelena.  According to Bo Barrett, back then, planting the right grapes in the right place was often a matter of luck. These days, he finds that wine-making is more about the place and less about the age of the barrels. To read the full article, click the image below.

20 August 2012 News

We receive an increasing number of questions about the farming practices of our producers, and are thrilled to see the interest and concern for how our producers grow their grapes, operate their wineries, and perceive their relationship with the environment.  Chateau Montelena has for decades farmed sustainably, and they lay out why they have done so, and what other steps they have taken to work with Mother Nature to produce the best possible wines from their site.  Of note is that since 2007, Montelena has been 100% solar powered.

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18 July 2012 News

The annual Napa Valley Wine Auction was the centerpiece of a weekend-long series of events sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners trade association, and the auction ultimately raised $6 million to support nonprofit groups. The Weekly Calistoga notes the Calistoga Wine Growers’ Association intention to get more involved with the event in the future, and publishes a great photo of Chateau Montelena’s Bo Barrett raising a toast during the bidding.

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13 July 2012 News

In the July issue of Wine Spectator, Chateau Montelena’s 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon receives a great score of 92 points.  The review is as follows:




3 July 2012 News

The current issue of the Wine Advocate includes a Retrospective of 2002 Napa. Great review of Chateau Montelena’s Estate Cabernet, which went from a score of 95+ to 96+:

2002 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet 96+
“This appears to be one of the great efforts from Chateau Montelena, something I think I was correct about when I gave it an “in the bottle” rating in 2006 of 95+. It is still an amazingly young wine that came from old vines on the famous St. George rootstock that did not require replanting because of the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Napa in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. Despite its lofty 14.4% alcohol (high by Montelena standards) and the overall flamboyance of the 2002 vintage, it needs another 4-6 years of cellaring. This young, classic Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential traditional school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a tight, but promising nose of black currants, crushed rocks, earth and spice. Rich, full-bodied, pure and brilliantly executed, with perfect harmony, this is a sensational yet forebodingly backward, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep another quarter of a century.” – Robert Parker

14 June 2012 News

With Father’s Day just around the corner the Huffington Post featured a nice Father’s Day article by Robert Parker.  Parker reflects on his memories and life lessons his father passed on to him that he’ll never forget – “As long as you pursue what you love the most, chances are you’ll be successful”.

After he and his wife adopted a 3-month-old baby girl from Cheju Island, an island off the south coast of Korea, Robert Parker purchased a number of cases of both 1987 Bordeaux and 1987 Napa Cabernet to celebrate her birth year when she was old enough.  Of the 1987 Cabernet was Chateau Montelena and intends to save for her wedding or the birth of her first child. 25 years later, Parker feels fortunate enough to pass on his father’s legacy and his own passion for wine to his daughter.  To read the full article click here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend!

23 May 2012 News

Charlene Peters, Boston City Guide Examiner editor and writer, attended the VINTUS Producer Tour in Cambridge several weeks ago.  Peters discusses her experience at the event, explaining that it solidified her love for certain wines and allowed her to discover a number of new wines as well.  The winemaker’s that took her by surprise and made an impressive showing were Finca Decero, Chateau Montelena, Xavier Milhade, Sandrone, Enrico Santini, and Telmo Rodriguez.

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23 April 2012 News, Videos

A great little video of Bo  Barrett discussing Chateau Montelena and reaching new drinkers who may never have heard of the Paris Tasting.


10 April 2012 News

In his Hedonist’s Gazette, Robert Parker raves about Chef Cindy Wolf’s Charleston restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland.  In a dinner this past September and just written up on the Wine Advocate website a few days ago, Parker recounts the dinner and the wines, which included two older California Cabernets which he writes are “two of the best I’ve had”, from Mondavi and Chateau Montelena.

The top red wine of the evening?  Chateau Montelena’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1985, about which Parker comments: “The 1985 Chateau Montelena, which was dormant for so long, yet always seemed to have more promise than real sizzle, has finally arrived. Certainly at age 26 it should finally be showing something, and it is. Dense plum/garnet/purple to the rim and loaded with minerals, subtle smoke, earth, and crème de cassis, this wine is rich, full-bodied, and has at least another 10-15 years of potential evolution.”  He rates it 96 points.

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