2007 Montelena Estate Zinfandel

Normal is the word of the day for the 2007 vintage, and when it comes to farming, normal is good. When you’re talking about Chateau Montelena, normal is very, very good. We saw historically average timing of bud break and correspondingly, a standard harvest as well.

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vintage weather

The growing season here in Calistoga was very even and unremarkable – not too hot, not too cold – which is great for thin-skinned Zinfandel as it raisins quite easily and is more susceptible to rot problems when it rains. In 2007, we saw more even ripening of the grape clusters and the absence of the typical dry heat helped keep sugars (and thus the alcohols) down this season. Crop levels were also up this year, likely due to the lack of extreme temperature in both the spring and the fall.

tasting notes

This Zinfandel has a very pleasing, bright, clean ruby color. The nose is loaded with interest, from tobacco and cedar-spice box to classic Zinfandel briar-berry and bright strawberry on top. With a soft entry, the palate builds to a big, jammy mid-palate rich with barrel spice, clean tart blackberry, and velvety tannins throughout. Sweet vanilla notes lead into a smooth, ripe berry finish with hints of passion fruit.

Harvest Date September 4 to September 26
Sugar At Harvest 25.88 brix
Barrel Aging 12 months
Bottling Date March 2009
Release Date Spring 2010
Cases Produced 4,700