Chateau Montelena began with a man by the name of Alfred L. Tubbs, an entrepreneur out of San Francisco who knew the stories of the fertile soils of Napa Valley which also happened to be perfect for grape cultivation. In the brisk winter weather of 1882, Tubbs purchased 254 acres of pristine acreage that would eventually become the large and booming business of today known as Chateau Montelena. It would only be a matter of years before Tubbs' dream of transforming that landscape into rolling hills of expansive vineyards was realized.
1886 was an especially good year that proved to be a landmark period in the history of Chateau Montelena. This was when Tubbs brought in the first imported native French winemaker and had completed the construction of the renowned Chateau. Business continued to grow and continued even under the infamous Prohibition throughout the early 20th century. Tubbs eventually sold the vineyards to Jim Barrett and in 1972 the Chateau Montelena was reimagined. Wines were commercially produced for the very first time. The Chateau Montelena vineyards continue to be a presiding presence in Napa Valley under Barrett's charismatic leadership.
One of the true long time stars of Napa Valley, Chateau Montelena has a long history of making age worthy wines, whether they be Cabernet or Chardonnay. Montelena earned its notoriety at the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, taking home top white wine honors. Their Cabernet remains a benchmark of what truly great, ageworthy Napa Cabernet represents.
Chateau Montelena Wine Values Sold at Auction
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 1987 Estate Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Friday, March 29, 2013
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1987 Bottle (5) 1991 Bottle (9) ... (Total: 14 Btls. )
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Estate 2lbsl Magnum (2) Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1987 ... (Total: 8 Mags. )
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 1978 Estate 5lbsl Bottle (6) 1977 Sonoma County Bottle (1) ... (Total: 7 Btls. )
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Estate Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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