Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Zinfandel

9.0183 ratings
9.016 pro ratings
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Chris McClellan

Mix of red/black fruit, raisinated voluptuous texture, sweet finish and not bone dry...tannins and acid smooth...delicious and drinkable...

Mix of red/black fruit, raisinated voluptuous texture, sweet finish and not bone dry...tannins and acid smooth...delicious and drinkable...

Nov 4th, 2020
Tobin Trevarthen

Deep Ruby. Big bold berry. Prune. Syrupy texture. Lingering finish. Nice mid-palette.

Deep Ruby. Big bold berry. Prune. Syrupy texture. Lingering finish. Nice mid-palette.

Jan 6th, 2019
Jordan Wardlaw

This is certainly the most interesting Zinfandel I’ve tasted in quite some time, and also one of the best. Montelena sourced Irish oak from a certain distillery for some of the aging. I found this remarkably right bank Bordeaux like with ripe aromas of plums, blueberry pie, cassis, figs, chocolate, spice box and tobacco leaf. Very complex and aristocratic expression. Superb vintage!

This is certainly the most interesting Zinfandel I’ve tasted in quite some time, and also one of the best. Montelena sourced Irish oak from a certain distillery for some of the aging. I found this remarkably right bank Bordeaux like with ripe aromas of plums, blueberry pie, cassis, figs, chocolate, spice box and tobacco leaf. Very complex and aristocratic expression. Superb vintage!

1 person found it helpfulApr 19th, 2019
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

They used Irish Oak in this bottling.

They used Irish Oak in this bottling.

Apr 18th, 2017
Daron Watson

a softer elegant expression of the zin ~ very pleasant

a softer elegant expression of the zin ~ very pleasant

Nov 15th, 2016
Gregory Fulchiero

Lots of fun - huge green pepper notes

Lots of fun - huge green pepper notes

May 14th, 2016
Shengli Hu

Temperate vintage. 100% Zin/primitivo. 16 months aging in French, Irish, and American oak of which 20% new. Orange yogurt, white pepper, fruit basket - red, blue. Plums, cranberry, blueberry pie. Medium acidity, medium minus tannins.

Temperate vintage. 100% Zin/primitivo. 16 months aging in French, Irish, and American oak of which 20% new. Orange yogurt, white pepper, fruit basket - red, blue. Plums, cranberry, blueberry pie. Medium acidity, medium minus tannins.

Jul 11th, 2022
Yi-Fen Li

Rainy day zin paired with minestrone

Rainy day zin paired with minestrone

Dec 12th, 2022
Matthew Steilen

Delicious and distinctive Zin. Drinks like a Bordeaux.

Delicious and distinctive Zin. Drinks like a Bordeaux.

Nov 13th, 2022
Aloke Mukherjee

Sangita's moms birthday

Sangita's moms birthday

Jul 24th, 2022