June 20, 2020 - Très beau vin. Robe bourgogne clair. Sur les petits fruits, tabac et de vanille. Bel équilibre et une bonne longueur en bouche. Tannin fondu et décanté 1h.
May 31, 2020 - Opened on a Saturday and foolishly PNP. It was good. But next day, awesome. Deep red fruit on the nose. Translucent. Very dark fruit Modest finish. Absolutely stunning.
May 16, 2020 - Strong plum. Deep and rich nose. Licorice toast for the finish. A lovely wine.
April 4, 2020 - Ruby red in color. Notes of dark cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco. Dry, medium body, medium acidity, and smooth tannins. This was a very elegant wine. Not sure if it is quarantine but I’m loving California Zinfandels with some age.
January 28, 2020 - Chateau Montelena tasting at winery: Aromas of mulled spices, brambly dark fruit, root spices and rocky earth. Stately and elegant palate with nice fruit expression & secondary depth, and easy round tannin on the finish. Drinking well.
August 11, 2019 - My last note we a touch confused. Reads like I got Ridge and Chateau Montelena confused. Anyway ... The wine is purple with a transparent edge. The nose is red berries, figs and cassis. The palate is balanced, consistent with the nose with a lingering red fruit that turns a touch tart on the finish. The mouth feel is medium with soft tannins, modest acidity and and moderate alcohol. The wine is drinking very well. 5+12+17+8=92
June 22, 2019 - 4th Saturday group uptown tasting (M&R's): Double blind. Cherry and currant notes. Slightly tannic, wit white currant, cherry and spice flavors. More spice and dark fruit as it opens. Elegant. I like this but I am not sure what it is. No guess on the variety. 88-89 pts.
Always a nice zinfandel, in a style I like, but certainly not what should be put in an "uptown" tasting.
May 11, 2019 - Opens up nicely after about an hour. Not a typical explosive California Zin. This is nicely restrained which really impressed me.
April 11, 2019 - Beautiful aroma. Crisp, sharp, stand at attention first sip. Finishes with a fruity lavender.
February 9, 2019 - Surprisingly young and fresh tasting. On opening rather muted, earthy, with more restrained fruit. After some air, the fruit shows and the earthy notes faded. Very good value for a Zin of this quality.