Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

1996 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Chateau Montelena dates back to 1882 when Albert Tubbs bought 254 acres of property just north of Calistoga. Tubbs planted vines and by 1896 Montelena was the 7th largest winery in California. Winemaking came to an end with the onset of Prohibition. The current iteration of Montelena can be traced to 1968, when Jim Barrett was brought on as a…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – A 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for Christmas Eve

The December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2004 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Christmas Eve. 2004 was an average vintage…

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/4/21)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. The Nittany Epicuran reviews the 2018 Rodney Strong Vineyards Old Vines Zinfandel. Enofylz Wine Blog reviews the 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard. Costco Wine Blog…

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