Chateau Montelena

The Montelana Estate Calistoga Zinfandel

9.1371 ratings
9.061 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
Steven Foster

Wine buyer Belmont Wine Exchange

9.2

@Remi Barrett , hells yes. This is a pure gem of a zin. Super bold yet supple fruits. Not spicy at all. So rounded and mouth filling for a zin. Loved this.

@Remi Barrett , hells yes. This is a pure gem of a zin. Super bold yet supple fruits. Not spicy at all. So rounded and mouth filling for a zin. Loved this.

3 people found it helpfulMay 4th, 2015
Max Fitch

My favorite Zinfandel. Try it with lamb or anything savory. Very slightly dry, with some hints of spice and good acidity.

My favorite Zinfandel. Try it with lamb or anything savory. Very slightly dry, with some hints of spice and good acidity.

2 people found it helpfulDec 8th, 2015
Mike Lee

Not quite my style of Zin, bit softer than expected. Jam preserves and a hint of brick. Love the color on this youngin'

Not quite my style of Zin, bit softer than expected. Jam preserves and a hint of brick. Love the color on this youngin'

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2015
Justin Brilman

Good mouth feel for the price point, don't see that often in mid priced zins. Supple but not overbearing fruit (plum and dark berry) and nice lingering finish. Was as good as it was getting from the lounge at Shoreline amphitheater.

Good mouth feel for the price point, don't see that often in mid priced zins. Supple but not overbearing fruit (plum and dark berry) and nice lingering finish. Was as good as it was getting from the lounge at Shoreline amphitheater.

2 people found it helpfulSep 13th, 2015
Meredith Hu

Fresh plum, juicy raspberry and strawberry, licorice, and red flowers. A hint of sweet spices from neutral oak. Moderate plus acid, medium (minus) smooth tannins, full body.

Fresh plum, juicy raspberry and strawberry, licorice, and red flowers. A hint of sweet spices from neutral oak. Moderate plus acid, medium (minus) smooth tannins, full body.

1 person found it helpfulAug 30th, 2018
Mina Belhaj-Rouas

Lighter than expected beautiful and elegant, with spice and herbs and medium body and alcohol

Lighter than expected beautiful and elegant, with spice and herbs and medium body and alcohol

1 person found it helpfulMar 2nd, 2015
Daisy Wine

Roses, fried flowers, cassis... On the palate alcohol but softness with smokey-oaky finish. Very nice :-)

Roses, fried flowers, cassis... On the palate alcohol but softness with smokey-oaky finish. Very nice :-)

1 person found it helpfulAug 18th, 2014
Christina Turley

Sales & Marketing Turley Wine Cellars

9.4

Epic, epic, epic...something to aspire to 40 years from now.

Epic, epic, epic...something to aspire to 40 years from now.

1 person found it helpfulJan 18th, 2014
Shay A
9.0

Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time. 👌

I've had this before and I'm in agreement with my initial thoughts...no doubt a well made wine, just not my preference in zin. I tasted a lot of cranberry on this, along with rhubarb and black cherry. A bit of white pepper but not spicy. One of the few zins from the night that could age nicely. Bravo,
@Benjamin Keator !

Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time. 👌

I've had this before and I'm in agreement with my initial thoughts...no doubt a well made wine, just not my preference in zin. I tasted a lot of cranberry on this, along with rhubarb and black cherry. A bit of white pepper but not spicy. One of the few zins from the night that could age nicely. Bravo,
@Benjamin Keator !

Jun 14th, 2017
Maxwell Burns

Hospitality Kenwood Vineyards, Winemaker GARA

9.2

Not huge on Zinfandel, but this one is great. Forget the inky, sweet, fruit bomb, this is light on its feet with spice and complexity from some age. Out of a magnum is a plus too.

Not huge on Zinfandel, but this one is great. Forget the inky, sweet, fruit bomb, this is light on its feet with spice and complexity from some age. Out of a magnum is a plus too.

Nov 26th, 2016