2014 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon,
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, United States
As Purchased At Crowne Liquors, 1420 W. Main Street, Carmel, Indiana
Napa Valley, California
May 11, 2018
Crowne Liquors, 1420 W. Main Street,
Carmel, Indiana, 46032
Solid wine with good dark fruit expressions including black cherry and plum. Also hints of caramel with some leather at the end. The oak comes out on the nose and palate. A good representation of a California cabernet.
The winemaker says:
“The wines produced by Chateau Montelena are handcrafted in our cellar by our dedicated winemaking team. The wines express the fruit from which they are made and the vintage in which they are grown, with all other elements in balance to complement the fruit. To achieve this goal, we use modern crushing, de-stemming and pressing equipment to process the grapes as gently as possible. We then use temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to allow the wines to ferment slowly and evenly. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are transferred to small, French oak barrels to begin the aging process. We use a combination of new barrels along with older, neutral barrels to ensure that the natural flavors of the grapes are not masked by oak. After blending and bottling, the wines receive enough aging time prior to release so that they can be enjoyed right away or laid down to mature for years to come.”
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