In 1976, Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world thanks to the vision of Jim Barrett and the confidence of his son, Bo. Today, Bo Barrett captures the unique character of Calistoga’s volcanic soils in an incredibly floral and opulent Cab filled with sweet fruit and baking spices. The contrast of velvet tannins and bright acid plays perfectly against all the fresh fruit and marzipan richness on a youthful, vibrant palate.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is dark, ample and totally seductive. Black cherry, mocha, plum, spice, new leather and tobacco all meld together. Pliant and supple, the 2016 is already incredibly delicious. This is an especially mid-weight wine and style. Accordingly, the 2016 Estate will drink well with minimal cellaring. The Estate was bottled just two months before this tasting. I imagine it will put on some weight with further time in bottle. All the elements appear to be in the right place for that to happen.