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Old World Approach + Napa Sun
My palate leans decidedly to the old world. I’m more impressed by elegance than overwhelming power and richness, so I’m pretty choosy about Napa Valley wines. Chateau Montelena fits the bill perfectly.
Napa sun & classic approach yields a Cabernet Sauvignon an old world fan can enjoy.
Chateau Montelena – A Bit of Napa History
Chateau Montelena traces their history back to at least 1888 when their Gothic style winery was built as part of the A.L.Tubbs winery. Three to twelve foot thick walls and built into a hillside, the winery needs no additional cooling. Even the Chateau Montelena (a contraction of Mt. St. Helena) precedes the modern era, being christened in 1940 by a descendent of the original owner.
Spring ahead to the early 1970’s, and Jim Barrett purchased the property, cleared and replanted the vineyards, and starting making wine again in 1972…
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6 thoughts on “Chateau Montelena Classic Napa Cabernet”
Bill- Just started getting your notes on wine recently. Always enjoy getting someone else’s perspective. Found you through my long time friend Steve Bach. I remember your name from my days at First Interstate Bank. We never had an opportunity to meet since I traded muni’s in Portland and I believe you were in LA or Phoenix. Hope all is well for you these days. Keep up the good work.
Hi Mike, I remember you. I was at the holding company until 1976 then at FNB Reno until 1981 when I went to ML in San Francisco institutional office selling bonds to the SF Banks. R. Scott Clements was with you at FNB Oregon then, right?
Good to hear from you.
I just returned from a 3-1/2 week trip to the west coast and would have updated blog by now except I have had a horrible cold. Should start writing again this week.
I worked for Scott until he left the bank to start an investment banking firm.
Did you know Frank Klewceski at Merrill in S.F. ?
Definitely. The Polish Prince. Last I heard he had an auto carwash in Bozmean Montana…his licence plate was T EM UP. A true character.
The Prince was indeed a character. Always looked forward to seeing him when he came to town. He sold the car wash some time ago. Didn’t like the cold weather in Bozeman. After that he went back to peddling bonds with a couple diffferent firms. Last known address was San Diego. I’m sure he’s retired by now.