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24 Ratings
Château Montelena Zinfandel Estate
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Wine Details

Varietal

Zinfandel

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2012 Vintage) The 2012 Zinfandel takes the rich, brambly character of the variety and the subtle earthiness imparted by our Estate vineyard to another level. Aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry and fig merge with tobacco, flint and a hint of sage. On the palate, there is a certain rusticity in the chalky tannin foundation that dances in and out of focus amidst the bright acidity, dark mocha and kirsch. The latent minerality intensifies on the finish contrasting and balancing subtle notes of black pepper and toast.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2009 Vintage) The wine aged for 14 months in oak (11% new) and opens with aromas of bright raspberry and florals, followed by cedar and dried black fruit with hints of pipe tobacco and dusty cocoa. On the palate, flavors of dried black fruit refreshed by notes of just-picked red currants and berries. Medium-bodied tannins and balanced acids provide backbone and structure on the long and intense.

Expert Reviews
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06