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One of the most serious English Sparkling producers. This historic estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted on a steep south-facing chalk escarpment described as 'similar to the Côte des Blancs' in Champagne. The fruit is picked very selectively with quality being the absolute focus. The grapes are pressed gently using a traditional Coquard press. After three years on the lees this wine, composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay & 22% Pinot Meunier, is hand disgorged and balanced with a minimal dosage of just 4g/L. It has a fine counterbalance between toasty richness and power from the wines élevage in Burgundian French Oak barrels, with racy acidity, tension and a focused chalky minerality.

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Tuesday
Dec202005

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

But that didn’t stop us! 80 wine fanatics braved the season’s biggest storm and gathered at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay to celebrate Château Montelena’s wines with Bo and Heidi Barrett. True to form, each and every wine was stellar! We started the evening with the brilliant heir to the winner of the 1976 Paris Chardonnay challenge (showing the world that California’s Chardonnay can stand up with the best). The 2003 Ch. Montelena Napa Chardonnay ($29.99) was brilliant with character, avoiding the crutch of over oaking and malo. This bright and structured wine has deep density and richness offering ripe pear, green apple , hints of spice and white flowers. The wonderful acidity and beautiful structure bode well for ageing or drinking now (the 1999 was also showing wonderfully. Paired with a wild mushroom salad, it was gorgeous). This may be the best Chardonnay in California. The 2002 Ch. Montelena Napa Cabernet ($34.99) was also showing its brilliance with Rutherford-like dustiness to the explosive nose and an intense concentration of black cherry highlighted by wonderful sous-bois and anise. At an incredibly good price, this is a mini Estate that you can buy and drink today! This wine will age well for 5-10 years, if you can keep your hands off it, but I bet most of us will not be able to wait. The 1999 was showing just how well these wines do age. It was beginning to soften its core just a bit, and drank like liquid velvet. And ahhhh… the Estate, a wine I always collect. The Montelena Estate is my favorite California Cab because it gives everything, every time. Every wine since 1978 is still drinking beautifully. The evening’s ’94 and ’97 were showing the vintages’ softer supple and luxurious sides, and the ’95, ’96 and ’01 were showing a serious and unbeatably solid side. Bo seems to pull the best out of each vintage and bottle it as the Estate, but you have to be fast. These are always offered as pre-arrivals, and you must get them quickly, since I’m not the only unbridled fan. Lastly, don’t forget the 2002 Ch. MontelenaZinfandel ($24.99). Lush and heady have been used to describe this wine, I think it is just pleasure in a bottle. Lifted with a touch of viognier. Don’t deprive yourself of this experience. Hope to see you at the next dinner! —Shaun Green

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