When we talk about vintages at Montelena, they are often categorized as “hot” or “cool.” Then, occasionally there are years like 2007, which, because of ideal conditions, earn the tag of “Goldilocks,” because everything was just right.
Warm spring conditions led to earlier than normal bud break, while the moderate temperatures in summer and early fall further extended the growing season, resulting in long, slow ripening with fantastic flavor development and near perfect juice chemistries.
Huge, powerful aromas; layer on layer of spice, cedar, earth, and tobacco, all over a rich base of ripe black cherry, blackcurrants, cassis and blueberry jam. Rich, round, juicy and mouth coating, the palate delivers black cherry and blackcurrant before moving on to brighter red fruits. More subtle tones of butterscotch, anise, and sweet oak complement the fruit beautifully. The huge classic structure of fine grain tannin and firm acidity persist all the way through to a clean, crisp, spicy finish.
Size: 750mL ABV 14.3%
Suggested food pairings: Cured Meat, Red Meat
Suggested cheese pairings: Asiago, Cheddar, Gouda, Manchego, Parmesan, Pecorino, Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton, Taleggio