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Lisa Perrotti-Brown writes: "The iconic Gothic stone winery now known as Chateau Montelena was originally built by Alfred Tubbs in the 1880s. It was purchased by Jim and Judy Barrett in the early 1970s. The property came with around 100 acres of vines, but rather surprisingly, there was no Cabernet Sauvignon planted. At that time, it was believed that Calistoga was too warm to produce high quality Cabernet, and so the Estate vineyard was mainly planted to Zinfandel and Rhône varieties. In 1972 and 1974, Jim Barrett grubbed up a lot of the old vines and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, the Cabernets produced in 1974 and 1975 were prototypes, using purchased fruit from Sonoma, Alexander Valley and Napa Valley, until the Estate vineyard began to come online. 1973 was the first vintage that Jim’s son, Bo Barrett, helped with on the estate, and today he remains in charge as CEO and master winemaker."

The cyclical nature of viticulture invites us to experience and celebrate renewal each growing year. Tender, new growth on the vines arrives with a sense of optimism, ushering in spring, and enticing the beholder to both appreciate and live in the moment. °e iridescent green, yellow, and slightly pink buds burst from dormancy, in stark contrast to the weathered bark surrounding them. It’s quite a sight that is both familiar and at the same time, novel. That puzzle is fitting as the 2018 vintage marks a return to the winery’s Estate Zinfandel, the first since 2012. Some of the vines are new, but the profile is recognizable and classic. After five years of replanting Chateau Montelena’s Estate Vineyard, this wine makes its triumphant return, something we can all celebrate.

Matt Crafton
16 Months
Oak Treatment:
French, Irish, American Oak; 17% New
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Zinfandel/Primitivo
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SKU #:
750 ml Bottle