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MONTELENA 11 CS NAPA
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Bottle Size: 750ML
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CHATEAU MONTELENA 2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY 750mL

We’re sure most of you know of Chateau Montelena, but for those just coming into the wine world, this is one of THE wineries in the Napa Valley. It was Chateau Montelena’s Chardonnay that won the white wine category at the Paris Tasting of 1976 (a tasting that put California wines at the head of the pack by beating the French on French soil), and it is now their Cabernets, as well, that are regarded as “go to” wines for their consistent quality. This Cabernet has some of Montelena’s estate fruit, and fruit from other Napa vineyards who grow Cabernet to the same standard as Chateau Montelena. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the nose opens with huge intensity, great depth, and lots of layers. Big fruit aromas of black cherry, bright red berries and plums all lead into the barrel notes of toasty oak, vanilla and smoky undertones. Smooth, yet with firm tannin, there is a great progression from ripe, sweet cherry and plum fruit up-front to rich, dried black fruit and spice on the finish, with the vanilla and spice from the barrel layering in seamlessly.
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