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Focus: Chateau Montelena of Napa Valley at Ruth’s Chris Southpoint
One of the premier wine estates in Napa Valley, Montelena burst on the international wine scene with the Paris Tasting of 1976. In the historic blind tasting French wine experts awarded first place in white wines to Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay, among a lineup of top white Burgundies (made from chardonnay) and California Chardonnays. That story here
Built in 1888 at the northern end of the valley, the imposing stone winery (with some walls 12 feet in thickness) sits at the foot of Mt. St. Helena, for which it is named, overlooking a Japanese garden and lake and mature stands of cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel.. It is one of Napa’s most picturesque settings.
Some of Montelena’s highly regarded wines were on display last week at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Durham, and I was delighted to find that the estate maintains its reputation for balanced elegant wines. A lively group of Triangle winelovers attended the wine dinner, enjoying a very tasty series of dishes paired with Montelena wines.Potter Valley Riesling 2013, $25, with Sesame Grilled Chicken.. Montelena makes a graceful Riesling, off-dry but charmingly crisp and aromatic, beginning to show hints of the petroleum character fine Riesling is known for—an appealing match for the spicy black sesame-encrusted chicken nuggets
Chardonnay 2014 Napa Valley, $45-58, with Pan-Seared Sea Scallop. Not quite the intensity I recall from earlier versions of Montelena Chard--but a rich elegance, good acidity (no ml) and lightly oaked--which worked well with the subtly seasoned sea scallop. The 2014 is still young--I would expect it to develop nuanced aroma and complexity in 2 to 3 years.
Zinfandel Calistoga 2014, $35, with Portuguese White Bean & Chorizo Stew. Perhaps the most popular pairing of the dinner--this savory stew nicely complemented by Montelena's very drinkable, berry-rich Zin. I very much like this style--no alcoholic blockbuster, its medium-weight body and soft tannins shows off the black raspberry fruit for very easy drinking. It's a great summer red--versatile with many foods and cheese dishes.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Estate, $150, with Filet Mignon & Cipollini Ragout. Montelena is noted more for Cabernet than for Chardonnay. The beautifully balanced 2006 is drinking wonderfully now, still boldly dark in color but round and smooth, with appealing notes of black fruits, chocolate and licorice; superb with the extra-tender filet, roasted mushrooms and cauliflower purée.
Petite Sirah 2012 Napa Valley, $35 with Chocolate Dacquoise Torte. Red wines with chocolate--yes, it works. This was a seductive match, the lush chocolate torte a sensuous end to the excellent dinner.
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