1977 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

In 1977, Chateau Montelena’s own vineyard, located contiguous to the winery, set its first significant crop. The summer and early fall weather swelled the grapes and the winery staff with the hope of a good harvest. Then, in late September, cloud brought cool temperatures and two light rains a week apart. In early October, the Calistoga sun pushed away the clouds and harvest was completed with good sugar and physiological maturity.

vintage weather

Hot. Second drought year. Little bit cooler than 1976. Growers more prepared for low water. Vines still somewhat stressed, but the fruit had good balance and concentration. Long, cool, crush.

tasting notes

After 16 months in the bottle, the wine exhibits a high intensity nose of cedar and green olives, complexed by berry-like aromas. Initially, the taste seems smooth yet complex in flavor. However, as the wine flows across the palate, high extract and well-defined structure announces a wine to lay away for extra polish. 75% of the grapes came from the winery's own vineyard. Those grapes and this wine point the way to our goal: 100% Chateau grown, produced and bottled Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvest Date October 10 to 20
Sugar At Harvest 23.5° brix
Barrel Aging 23 months
Bottling Date May, 1980
Release Date September, 1981
Cases Produced 3,800
Alcohol 13.5%