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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allred opened this bottle at the LostVerse offline last weekend. Fairly nice Zin. Not as forward as most. Showed a more legant and restrained style. Medium red color. Soft tannins. A creamy texture with cherry, raspberry and cocoa notes. Better than the 2003 vintage and the equal of the 2004. 89 points.
Exactly what I have come to expect from Montelena's Zinfandels- an elegant and pleasurable wine with none of the ripeness or obvious alcohol found in many other Zins. Mix of red & dark fruits with pepper and spice qualities.
Notes consistent with previous bottle but even picked up some cocoa and mint this time around. Lovely, balanced, and actually a bit better than either the 2007 Ridge Geyserville or Lytton Springs, which is saying something.
Perhaps someone who "gets" Zin better than I do would appreciate this more but I didn't get much out of it. Pretty muted fruit but at least a backbone of round tannins that developed as the wine stayed open. Due to said backbone I think the wine will age well so we will try it again in a couple of years.
As is typically the case with the Montelena zin, this is fruit-driven. with loads of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry. Spice, pepper, and moderate tannins fills this out nicely. A zin worthy of the Montelena name and one that will develop nicely with time in the bottle (say, 5 yrs).
A very elegant, smooth and understated Zin. Good nose, nicely balanced, and a long finish. Not too fruity and one would never guess it's alcohol volume by the taste. Opened and poured and had with lasagna. A real pleasure to drink and very different from so many of the big CA Zinfandels.
Zin night. (Vytauaras): I almost gave a 90 since the vineyard was in "Bottleshock." Had garnet/purple hue, with pepper and black-fruit aroma jumping out the glass. Hint of saddle and medium tannin. Fruit forward.
Inky crimson color. Aromas of cracked pepper, black cherry, raspberry, violets and blue fruit. Just a bit of alcohol on the end. Light- to medium-bodied, with flavors of baking spices, pepper, black cherry and herbs. Exactly what I have come to expect from Montelena Zins - an elegant, understated style, and something I enjoy quite a bit. 89-90+ pts.
We just got this in two weeks ago and have let it rest a week. The color is a light garnet with fine legs and a light look. The nose is medicinal with loam, berry and pepper. The taste is fruit forward and acidic with a lighter style than some other Zins with a tannic lengthy finish. I think a year in the bottle will firm it up and release more of the nose. 90, buy but hold for 2011-2014
Very lively zinfandel, drier style. Apperently this is 50% primitivo, 50% zinfandel. It has been replanted just once. 5,000 cases produced with no plans to increase production. A more claret style. Lively. Well done at $30.
Feels very tight now compared to last vintage. Just a baby right now. I would wait just a little while to open the next bottle. Maybe even a year.