The question of how to define value seems to linger in the collective consciousness of wine spheres, but remains just as nebulous as explaining quality. Many speculate why an incredibly expensive, esoteric bottle can be such a disappointment whereas a heralded but more easily-acquired wine can deliver satisfaction and enjoyment. Essentially, the core element of wine, outside the realm of pomp and hype, are where Chateau Montelena and this Napa Valley Cabernet are distinguished and continue to thrive year after year. Blending the context of incredible vineyard sites, sustainable farming, ruthless attention to detail, and a relentless drive for improvement is how we define value and quality inside the bottle, where it counts.
The cascade of flavors and textures is prodigious as the palate meanders between rich, dark blackberry jam and lively, almost candied raspberry. The tannins, quite supple at present, add depth and breadth to a robust mouthfeel and converge on subtle earth and tobacco undertones that contrast and highlight the wine’s polished and focused acidity.