The Judgment of Napa: in celebration of Paris

Decanter wrote an in depth article highlighting recent Judgment of Napa tasting event, which paid tribute to the now-famed Judgment of Paris tasting that cemented Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley’s reputations in the world of fine wine. The piece also recommends Chateau Montelena’s 2011 Chardonnay.

Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena “summed it up best when he said the Paris tasting had encouraged the people in Napa and Sonoma, and throughout the wine world beyond France, to make wine a little better.” In addition to reinforcing the influence that the Paris event had on the industry, the story goes into detail about the events and experience this past fall during the Napa Valley event. The writer said that Chateau Montelena’s 2011 Chardonnay “shone brightly, paving the way for a trio of Cabernets” during a lunch held at the edge of Stag’s Leap’s Fay Vineyard. Read about the full experience and other key highlights HERE

Additionally, Decanter also highlighted quotes from Chateau Montelena Winemaker Matt Crafton in the story, “Top wine trends for 2022: styles, sustainability and supply.” Within the piece, Crafton speaks to the winery’s continued emphasis and the growing industry trend towards sustainability on all winemaking fronts. He also speaks about winemaking becoming more “personal.” The full story is available HERE