1976 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

The drought year in 1976 caused a concentration of flavors in the grapes which produced a beautiful wine.

Whoever made that wine should be very proud, it’s drinking wonderfully, even after 35+ years! What a pleasure, I’m a winemaker myself, and I just tasted one of the best wines I’ve ever had.

Eric Hall (Summer 2012)
vintage weather

Hot. First drought year. Fruit had high sugars, low acids. Vineyards stressed. Early August – September crush.

tasting notes

The ample flavors from small grape berries balance body and tannin into a harmonious and rich taste experience. Almost two years in small oak barrels and over one year of bottle age have brought those initial concentrated essences to the fore. Because the wine is so balanced and flavorful, it drinks well now. Patience will reward an elegance and further complexity that truly states Chateau Montelena's goal in Cabernet Sauvignon. That goal is to become known as a producer of the finest Cabernets.

Harvest Date October 7 – 23
Sugar At Harvest 24.0° brix
Barrel Aging 22 months
Bottling Date June, 1979
Release Date August, 1980
Cases Produced 5,769
Alcohol 13.7%