The philosophy of this winery is to \"make the best wine, period.\" A complex wine, displaying intense varietal character of ... More
Chateau Montelena Winery
The philosophy of this winery is to \"make the best wine, period.\" A complex wine, displaying intense varietal character of leather, briar, cassis, and oak is the specialty. Visitors can tour the winery, as well as taste and purchase the finest wine in California.
OK, we went because of the movie "Bottle Shock" and the movie is a serious stretch of the truth but we had a wonderful time here. We were treated like friends by warm friendly people who genuinely didn't care that we weren't wine snobs. We were free to walk the grounds, even out into the vineyards to see hands on and learn. The library tasting was a wonderful experience, and we highly recommend it to all. And no, you don't have to know all there is about wine to feel comfortable relaxed and welcome at this famous winery that put California on the map . We were very glad to have included this winery as part of our one day stop in the Napa Valley.
Chateau Montelena achieved its fame by being the winery which "beat" the French in a blind tasting back in 1976. It put Napa/Sonoma "on the map". The movie "Bottle Shock" chronicles the events.
The winery today is NOTHING like the winery of 1976. The grounds are outstanding and beautiful ... clearly improved from the vast sums of wealth which have poured in. While the wine itself is quite good, it is not so good as to necessitate a $20 tasting charge (twice the average of other wineries in the region).
It is funny how Chateau Montelena has gotten away from their roots and have become so much like the French whom they once reviled.
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