Nose : Bright gold in color and incredibly aromatic, the ripeness of the vintage is most pronounced initially; melon, perfume, and orange blossom slowly give way to fresh peach, honeysuckle and apricot. ere's very little overt oak influence on the nose, although it comes across subtly in the background as pie crust and toast. Palate : It's the suppleness and silky mouthfeel that strike first, although there's abundant mango and citrus with Meyer lemon here as well. The minerality is chalky and distinct, a beautiful contrast that layers in with the acid adding both complexity and depth.Finish : There's slightly more wood on the transition to the finish, surfacing as baking spice and cre8me brfble9e. However, they're handily overwhelmed by notes of Asian pear, mango and pineapple- absolutely delicious. In time, expect hazelnut and almond to appear.
Chateau Montelena's history is one of the deepest and most storied in the Napa Valley and California. Founded just north of Calistoga by a senator and San Francisco entrepreneur in 1882 at the turn of the century, it was one of the largest wineries in the state. Prohibition put an end to Montelena's winemaking, and the next major era began in 1968, when Jim Barrett purchased the estate. Jim fell in love with this exceptional property, blessed with a complex mix of soils, slopes and biodiversity of wildlife and fauna. He had a dream of creating wine at the level of the great First Growths of Bordeaux, and set about replanting the vineyard, outfitting the winery with modern equipment, and studying the processes necessary for farming and winemaking at the highest quality level.In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. This seminal event has been memorialized in the book ""The Judgment of Paris,"" by George Taber, as well as in the 2008 feature film Bottle Shock.Today Chateau Montelena's distinct 19th century stone structure stands as a quality icon in Napa Valley, consistently producing some of the finest wines in California. Master Winemaker Bo Barrett, Jim's son, now runs the estate with the help of Winemaker Matt Crafton and Vineyard Manager Dave Vella.
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The California Gold Rush was a period of courage, bravado and curiosity. It was with these characteristics in mind that we crafted Gold Rush Red. Grapes chosen from the golden hills and valleys of California were blended to create this bold, adventurous testament to that intrepid spirit. Parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel form the backbone of this wine. Petite Sirah and Merlot were then meticulously selected to add complexity to this intense blend. Each lot began its journey in traditional French and American wine barrels. Then, in true 1000 Stories fashion, winemaker Bob Blue divided the blend, finishing it in a combination of new and used bourbon barrels. The result is a signature 1000 Stories profile: a bold wine with intriguing notes of dried herbs, charred vanilla and a pleasant hint of smoke.
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Product DescriptionRobust and unique, with tempting aromas of spice and cedar, 14 Hands Stampede always serves the drama. This bold red blend wine sings with notes of cherry and cola carried across a light oak foundation. It's always time for an encore.
Color: Dark garnet.Aromas: Milk chocolate truffle, caramel, baking spice.Flavors: Dark plum, blackberry, and medium tannins.Structure: Heavy body, medium tannins, long finish.
22 Pirates is a global adventure in a bottle, traveling the Rhone region in France to California's Central Coast. Famous for producing award-winning wines, the Rhone Region celebrates 22 different varieties of grapes. Several pioneers brought Rhone grapes to California, where they flourished. We developed the 22 Pirates Brand to represents one pirate for each of the Rhone varieties. 22 Pirates is exciting Red Rhone Blend that will stay the course - vintage to vintage. "What's the blend?", you ask. Sorry pirates never tell! Only our swashbuckling winemaker has the creative liberty to craft his treasure. 22 Pirates embodies both the bold independence of California with the elegant sophistication of the Rhone Valley. From barrel to bottle the spirit of 22 Pirates seduces your senses; filled with exceptionally crafted wine and packaged for interactive fun. Every bottle introduces you to a different member of the crew with a customized cork listing his name and role aboard the ship. We challenge you to "Grab Yer Cork", visit our website and "Find Ye Pirate" to learn your pirate's personal tale. The label is an original artwork created by a French painter named Francois-Auguste Biard in 1855. Biard's work tells the tale of treachery, as the thieving crew lures a passing ship to come closer with the promise of companionship and music. Completely unaware those are not women or fanciful passengers, but a crew lying in wait. Adventure, peril, and impending mayhem.just a day in the life of a pirate!