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Wine Wednesday: Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon

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One of my favorite wineries to visit is the gorgeous Chateau Montelena, located in calsitoga, inthe northern part of California's Napa Valley. --- The winery and grounds are beautiful. And that seems appropriate, because so are the wines produced there.

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Bo Barrett is into his 41st year at Chateau Montelena and, along with winemaker Cameron Parry they take an artistic approach to winemaking, comparing it to "crafting a beautiful sculpture." Says Parry, "Every day, we challenge ourselves to improve and explore new techniques, taking what nature gives us each year to create a balanced, structured and refined Cabernet."

Well, that's precisely what the Montelena winemaking team has done with 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($46.99). This is a new release that I got to sample and it is tremendous. A long, mostly cool summer resulted in grapes that were fully mature and balanced, with low sugar levels, perfect for making the type of lower-alcohol, ripe, well-structured Cabernet that Montelena is so well known for. Elegant.

There's a hint of anise on the nose, followed by spice and cherry-blackberry notes. Velvety tannins accompany hints of clove and vanilla from oak-barrel fermentation. The wine is young but ripe, very quaffable and simply wonderful.