Chateau Montelena, ‘Montelena Estate’ Zinfandel 2014

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Aromas of raspberry, cedar, dried fruit and the classic Zinfandel briar-berry with hints of pipe tobacco and dusty cocoa. Very juicy on the palate, ripe and sweet with good length. Shows good weight and velvety tannins throughout – very fleshy without being overbearing.

Red Wine

USA

About This Wine...

The Estate

One of the world’s finest estates, Chateau Montelena produced the winning white wine in the infamous Judgement of Paris’ tasting of 1976. Now known as much for their long- lived Cabernet Sauvignon as for their Chardonnay, Chateau Montelena is undoubtedly one of Napa Valley’s finest ambassadors and one of the world’s great producers.

Awards and reviews

  • 2014 vintage ‘Rich and complex black fruits and a hint of leather and musk. Full-bodied and ripe with opulent black berry and bitter chocolate flavours but avoiding any confection. A peppery finish from the oak ageing. Very youthful and will benefit from further ageing.’ Liam Campbell in theTaste.ie, July 2017 read more here: http://thetaste.ie/wp/californian-zinfandel-wines-july-edition/
  • 2009 vintage awarded Gold with 18.5/20 pts by Ernie Whalley   “Exceptional wine with all the complex aromatics, dense fruit and taut black tannins you expect in real zin.”  Caroline Byrne   “Flavours of raspberry, blackberry, liquorice, cake spice and raisin”  Sunday Times 23 Feb 14.
  • 2009 vintage 92 pts by Tomas Clancy  “………….stunning and elegant zinfandel…………..purity, complexity and elegance that is rare in zinfandel. Enough opulent ripe fruit to please any zin-fan, but also the tannin, freshness and acidity to indicate evolutionary possibility. It’s compelling now with decanting, but it has further room to evolve”.  Sunday Business Post 23 Feb 14.
  • 2009 Vintage rated as Red of the Year 2014 by Ernie Whalley and Martin Moran – 18.5/20 pts Sunday Times, 28 Dec 2014. 

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