2014 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
It's always an incredibly special moment when we finish the final blend of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; when we've hit that perfect spot where the flavors, aromas, and textures reach the pinnacle of balance and expression. Our forty year legacy of recognizing the far-reaching consequences of how we farm, craft the wine, and blend, along with the ethos to agonize over every fundamental detail is what sets Chateau Montelena Winery apart.
Nose The interplay of cassis, vanilla, and black cherry are quite complementary yet also dynamic; shifting to fresh blueberry with a hint of tobacco. These, in turn, are buttressed by dark chocolate, mocha, and a slight suggestion of sweet oak.
Palate Silky, fine-grain tannins vie with vibrant acidity that slowly expose the rich, ripe raspberry and blackberry notes that dominate the mid palate. While the fruit is lush and mouth coating, some patience will unveil the subtle layers of anise, smoke, and earth hidden beneath.
Finish The finish extends the density and structure as cloves and cinnamon combine with nuances of briar and flint, yielding an extraordinarily food-friendly wine.
Budbreak did not arrive abnormally early despite the relatively warm winter and widespread concern over low rainfall. Mild weather, coupled with plenty of cool nights, extended the growing season. In general, harvest was steady with no major rain events. Conditions were ideal.