This one is pretty rare and we’re lucky to have it. The brand new release from Chateau Montelena — the iconic Napa brand known for being one of the best wineries in America for over 125 years offered us up a Magnum from a great vintage at the best price in America. Not only that but it comes from the outstanding “near perfect” 2019 vintage in Napa – one that will be rewarding collectors for decades to come.
Bo Barrett has always been considered a trailblazer in American winemaking, proving the doubters wrong when he said his Calistoga plot of land would be perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. By 1976, when his white wine won at the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976, he was immediately recognized as a world-class winemaker. But over the years, it’s his Cabernets that have earned the most fanfare and clamoring for a chance to hold on to one of the best American collector’s items there is.
Solidly built, showing an array of singed vanilla and cocoa along the edges, with a core of steeped plum and blackberry compote flavors. The slightly chewy finish is scored by tar and savory accents, giving this a bit of an old-school bent in the end. Best from 2023.
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