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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 41 
ProducerChateau Montelena (web)
SubRegionNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)400000696331

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Napa Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.7 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 99 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ssspore on 7/4/2015 & rated 90 points: Color was clear dark red. Blackberry, pepper on the nose. A little thin on the palate. No finish (145 views)
 Tasted by Canoehead on 4/22/2015 & rated 87 points: Found it a bit flabby. Sweet fruit swamping any tannin or acid. Not my type of zin. I want tension and power. Back to Ridge for me. (368 views)
 Tasted by FLI on 12/30/2014 & rated 86 points: After 5 mins in the glass, this softened a bit. Still feels hot and the fruit doesn't quite measure up to the alcohol, but better than the last bottle. (564 views)
 Tasted by ichiballs on 11/7/2014 & rated 87 points: no balance, a little odor of corked. Too much acid. (758 views)
 Tasted by Coswinetaster on 5/26/2014 & rated 90 points: The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle.

It smells like blackberry, blueberry and raspberry. It tastes like raisin and plum. The body is medium/full. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity. (1194 views)
 Tasted by BordeauxBuff on 5/20/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted blind against several top California Zin's, including Turley and Carlisle, and Bedrock.

This wine certainly excelled and outperformed most Turley bottlings of the same vintage.

Dark currants, mocha, cocoa, tobacco....very concentrated and full bodied wine, but ends with a refined finish.

I've had the pleasure of consuming this wine on several occasions over the past several years, and it has been consistent every time. I'm shocked that the price remains so low. Outstanding value from Chateau Montelena. (1183 views)
 Tasted by rhanke on 5/12/2014 & rated 88 points: Mellow, fruit fading (982 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 1/2/2014 & rated 75 points: Aromas of red and dark fruit and spices, turning vegetal and weedy/funky, and not in a pleasant way. Weedy and vegetal with red fruit on the palate. Perhaps a touch of brett; perhaps just an off bottle. (1351 views)
 Tasted by alden.vansolkema on 11/30/2013 & rated 89 points: I've had Zins that are far more interesting for far less $. That said, it was a decent drink, nice big fruit at the beginning, but somewhat flat to finish. (1158 views)
 Tasted by Pluecht on 11/29/2013 & rated 86 points: A really uninspiring bottle of wine. Flat, boring, really a let down. (740 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 11/22/2013 & rated 86 points: Compared ’07 vs ’08 – ’07 shows a degree of bricken compared to the brightness of the ’08. Nose on the ’07 is more subdued giving off more heat than anything while the ’08 exhibits brambly fruit, savory spice and smoked meat. ’07 palate is as subdued as the nose with minimal fruit and spice with more fruit showing on a lingering finish. Nothing unpleasant on the ’07 it’s smooth, drinks well simply no depth. The ’08, on the other hand, tastes of pleasantly tart red currant berries and baking spice leading to a grippy food complementary finish. The ’08 is not as smooth but more interesting and fun to drink with greater depth in nose and palate. ’07 drink up! ’08 drink over the next 2 or 3 years. (811 views)
 Tasted by Sailingsimon on 11/18/2013 & rated 91 points: Not a big Zin fan but this is a Fantastic Zinfandel. It aged very well. Drink it this year. (804 views)
 Tasted by mattlennert on 9/18/2013 & rated 88 points: Big ole Cali fruit bomb. Meh. (1024 views)
 Tasted by SkeBum on 5/28/2013 & rated 89 points: As good as ever, nice light Zin. (1338 views)
 Tasted by patsox on 4/10/2013 & rated 91 points: Drank in honor of Jim Barrett. Very refined, smooth, yet packed with pure, clean, energetic zin flavor. Six years old but aging most gracefully. (1402 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 3/16/2013: Drank to honor Jim Barrett. Very smooth and balanced with lively black pepper spice - an elegent Zinfandel that went perfectly with our burgers. (1425 views)
 Tasted by crushzone on 3/15/2013 & rated 88 points: - Violet color. It's somewhat balanced with a medium/full body. Round texture with a medium finish. (1451 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/28/2012: Ups store (1361 views)
 Tasted by bjecjohnson on 11/13/2012 & rated 90 points: APPEARANCE: Beautiful purple-reddish color. Clean, crisp, and full-bodied
AROMA: Oregano and spices with a hint of cherries
TASTE: Nice long finish of spices and overripe cherries (1452 views)
 Tasted by JDV.DDSPHD on 10/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Honestly I loved this Zin. Pepper & spice on the nose followed by dark plums & blackberries. The finish was moderate in duration & maybe I rated it so high because it was paired with my favorite pizza. Either way the acidity was non intruding & there was an earthiness I really enjoyed. Nice job Montelena. Great zin for a Friday night. (1468 views)
 Tasted by Big Texas on 9/23/2012 & rated 85 points: Flat and disappointing. I was looking to pair this with some delectable bbq brisket we had shipped in from our favorite bbq joint in TX and it just didn't measure up. It wasn't terrible but certainly not a vintage worth remembering. (1496 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 9/15/2012: Drank this wine in a vertical with 2008 and 2009 vintages. Fruit was more subdued than ’08 or ’09; exhibiting predominant earth tones. (1492 views)
 Tasted by FLI on 8/11/2012 & rated 84 points: A bit harsh. (1404 views)
 Tasted by adsmith60 on 7/3/2012 & rated 89 points: Medium, ruby coloured Zin.
Fragrant nose with peppers (green, red) spice.
Very smooth, full palate, not overpowering. (1502 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 5/27/2012 & rated 89 points: 34th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective (Rich & Dana's): Notes of red berries, florals and a hint of white pepper. Balanced, with elegant red fruit flavors. Finishes with nice length and balance. (1987 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/28/2012)
(Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate) A little reticent, roasted berry, light mint nose; tight yet, tart roasted berry, tart black fruit palate; needs 1 year; medium-plus finish  89 points
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