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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.
The famous California wine of Chateau Montelena is known for its aromatic palette originating from the highest quality source of grapes in the Napa Valley. You will typically taste hints of flavorful fruit and spice blends in your Chateau Montelena wine.
Today, a variety of delectable vintage grape blends are available that are sure to please even the most earnest of wine connoisseurs. The Montelena Estate Cabernet is a vintage wine boasting the deep, wholesome taste of blackberry underscored by hints of cocoa, clove, allspice and vanilla. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is another uniquely refined coordination of vintage pear and green apple with magnificently rich tropical hints of honeysuckle, nectarine and other exotic flavors that provide the wine with a light and crisp taste. These are the hallmark vintage wines of Chateau Montelena.
The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic coordination of dark flavor with warm cedar and anise flourished in sprightly blueberry, sarsaparilla and tasty red fruits. The Montelena Estate Zinfandel is a beautifully bold red wine containing a festive array of flavors including briar-berry, cedar, and a subtle suggestion of tobacco. Both the Montelena Estate Zinfandel and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon are simply the best that Chateau Montelena has to offer.
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