Wine.com 90 - A throwback to yesteryear in the Zinfandel category—many Zinfandel producers, intent on producing wines of extraction and power, often close to resembling dry Ports. The 2013 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel is a rustic red with flavors of the berry and the earth. The wine's balanced style pair it well with spaghetti in a light red reduction sauce. Drinks well now.
Cocoa, espresso, and cedar readily apparent on the nose transition slowly to ripe blackberry, fig, and mint. The acidity on the front of the palate is contrasted and balanced by density and richness, along with notes of raspberry jam, dried blueberries, and cherry candy. The finish returns to the vineyard with a rustic earthiness and supple, but chewy tannins.