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Chateau Montelena

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Rating: A-B
Apr 3rd, 2005
1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515

Phone: 707 942 5105

Hours: 9.30am-4pm

Club/Discounts: Four Clubs to choose from with various discounts

Tasting Fees: $15 Current Release; $25 Library Tasting

The winery is a fantastic Chateau - as if it is straight out of France, overlooking a lake, bocce court and vineyards. Unfortunately the service does not match the splendor of the winery though. If you are a club member, they ignore you and if you are not a club member then they will insist you read the club order form. No wine allowed outside. All outdoor seating was reserved the day we were there - but that may just have been a deterrent. The staff will tell you the name of nearby wineries that allow picnicing !! Kind of annoying when you have just bought a $100+ bottle of wine and have them open it for you. Plastic cups and a log don't quite encourage you to rush back even though they have great wines. The estate wines are excellent if you don't mind the snobby attitude. The tasting room is in the top floor of the Chateau with the Reserve Tasting Room further back. The best deal is to sign up for their Futures Program, as their wines are consistently good, and the futures prices are almost half the release price.


Sort by : Vintage / Name / Rating
1991 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($119)Rating: D
Jul 22nd, 2005
      Best Wine - July, 2005

Very good - still lots of fruit, need to breathe/decant first for 1-2 hrs
1994 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)Rating: D
May 2nd, 2009
      Best Wine - May, 2009

Well integrated, very good fruit, acidity balance. Nice round tannins. Drinking very nicely. Was opened and left to breathe for a number of hours.
1998 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($90)Rating: D
Apr 3rd, 2005
Excellent wine. Favourite wine of the day. Tasted great out of the bottle even in plastic cups!!! Ready to drink now. Best 98 I have tasted, especially considering this was supposed to be a terrible vintage.
1999 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($140)Rating: D
Apr 3rd, 2005
      Best Wine - April, 2005

Another great wine that will age for years to come. Great color, smell and taste. Drinkable now, but not as fleshy and smooth as the 98 now.
2001 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($125)Rating: D
Apr 3rd, 2005
Has huge potential but does not taste as good as the 1998 right now. Will need time to prove itself. This "addict" can't yet identify great wines this young, but I am confident it will be good. Ignore James Laube's TCA "tainted" ratings
1992 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($105)Rating: C-D
Jun 30th, 2006
      Best Wine - June, 2006

Excellent, ideal for special occasions, lots of flavour and depth
1993 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($95)Rating: C-D
Dec 2nd, 2004
      Best Wine - December, 2004

Very enjoyable, good body and long finish. "I could drink this all night"
1995 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)Rating: C-D
Mar 8th, 2008
      Best Wine - March, 2008

Great depth on this wine, still good fruit and a beautiful finish. A classic example of the Montelena Cabs.
1996 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($79)Rating: C-D
Oct 17th, 2004
Well balanced with fruit on the nose, a favourite of the vintage
1997 Calistoga Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)Rating: C
Mar 19th, 2006
      Best Value Wine - March, 2006
      Best Wine - March, 2006

Not as big as the estate, but still a very good wine.
2002 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($95)Rating: C
May 28th, 2006
Big wine. Very early to drink it right now but this wine will be very good in a few years.
2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($115)Rating: C
Oct 25th, 2008
Classic Montelena - good nose & body with tons of potential.
2000 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($41)Rating: B-C
Dec 9th, 2006
We were surprised to be served a 2000 Chardonnay, but were even more surprised that it tasted so good. Full bodied with a refreshing balance
2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($37)Rating: B-C
Dec 11th, 2004
Good smell, needs to store longer, tannins not quite balanced yet, should improve
2003 Estate Zinfandel ($28)Rating: B-C
May 28th, 2006
A well balanced Zinfandel. Smooth yet spicy. Well balanced. Drinking well right now. A nice wine
2004 Potter Valley Riesling ($18)Rating: B-C
May 28th, 2006
Our first wine of the day and a very nice Riesling. Very smooth. A nice picnic wine. Good value
2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45)Rating: B-C
Mar 6th, 2008
Soft to start, but has good balanced fruit and a really nice finish.
2005 Potter Valley Riesling ($20)Rating: B-C
Dec 9th, 2006
Another very good Riesling from Chateau Montelena. Good Summer wine. Good value at $20
2000 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($105)Rating: B
May 28th, 2006
Not hugely impressed with the 2000 Estate. Flat finish. Hard to enjoy when drinking it beside the great 1998 Estate Cab
2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)Rating: B
May 28th, 2006
Great bouquet. Big tannins. Not drinking very well at the moment and could probably do with some time in the bottle. Will improve in time
2004 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($38)Rating: B
May 28th, 2006
This Chardonnay would probably go a lot better with food as it is quite rich. Nice flavor
2005 Estate Zinfandel ($28)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Medium spice, good body and easy finish. Sweet & fruity finish.
2006 Estate Zinfandel ($30)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Chalky taste mingled with fruit flavours. A bolder nose, but lighter taste than the 05.
2007 Potter Valley Reisling ($20)Rating: B
Oct 25th, 2008
Sweet to start, crisp to finish

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