Chateau Montelena has been in the Barrett family for 50 years. In addition to being one of the stars of the Judgement of Paris tasting that brought international attention to California winemaking, they have been producing a whole line-up of complex and interesting wines that have thrilled oenophiles for decades.
From the Winery: "Aromas of cinnamon and allspice quickly yield to ripe cherry and a torrent of red fruit along with a characteristic hint of tobacco. Dark and lush, the initial perception of tart raspberry is overwhelmed by blackberry jam, red licorice, and a supple earthiness that leans toward black pepper and anise. Intriguing in its contrast to the palate, the ÿnish is driven primarily by the briar and spice character of the old vines: layered and dense, with just enough tannin to balance the mocha and barrel toast character from time in the cellar."