Chateau Montelena 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Chateau Montelena is a Napa Valley Classic and has been from the moment their Chard won the famous Judgment In Paris Competition. But the Cab has always been the mainstay, garnering raves and a devoted following over the many decades. This 2014 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 16 months in French and Eastern European oak, 27% new. Wine Review Online scored this 95 points saying "Bo Barrett passed the winemaking reins to Matt Crafton with the 2014 vintage, and the wine shows him to be worthy of the mantle. Classic Napa Valley aroma and flavor profile are presents, with an emphasis on deep black fruit that are accented by careful oak selection that lends spice and a touch of nut character. Decant well now, or age for fifteen or more years. Contains 13% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc."