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The Best Red Wines to Drink This Year

January 5, 2021

Departures selected Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 as one of the top red wines to seek out and enjoy this winter season when you’re looking for something special.

While each vintage of Montelena’s flagship wine is memorable, writer Jonah Flicker says the 2016 vintage stands out in particular. Winemaker Matt Crafton explained that the mild summer allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. Flicker adds, “the resulting wine opens with a floral nose, proceeds into flavors of plum and marzipan on the palate, ending with a coffee and caramel soft sweetness on the finish.” Read the full story HERE

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    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

    The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is Chateau Montelena’s flagship wine and a quality icon of Napa Valley. The winemaking team works obsessively and passionately with each vintage to capture the best expression of their historic terroir. This is a show-stopper that reveals the perfect blend of flavors, aromas and textures to reach the pinnacle of balance.

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    Chateau Montelena

    Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

    In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.