Chateau Montelena Winery

K Block Blend 10.23
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 25
Vintage: 2010

Chateau Montelena Winery

K Block Blend 10.23

Cabernet Sauvignon

10 cases produced


As much as we love to make Cabernet Sauvignon, something that has charmed and obsessed us for 40 vintages, we also love to experiment. And the more adventurous the experiment, the better. In that spirit, during 2010 we decided to try something totally new for us by blending and co-fermenting estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. The aim was to create wine showing big color density and in-your-face tannins, yet executed with classic Montelena styling of restraint and elegance. We got exactly what we aimed for, a one-of-a-kind palate pleaser that we are proud to offer for your consideration.

Aging Process

Twenty-six months in French Oak barrels.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.66
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Cameron Parry

Winemaker, Chateau Montelena

Winemaker, Cameron Parry

I have been the winemaker at Chateau Montelena since 2008, and was the assistant winemaker here for the 4 years prior to that. Along with my winemaking duties, I have had the opportunity to redesign and oversee the construction of an entirely new fermentation cellar, down to the smallest detail. I was also integral in the purchase and installation of a new bottling line into a mobile trailer. In addition, I am proud to have managed the installation of a 220kW photovoltaic (solar electric) system that provides 100% of the annual electrical needs for the winery and vineyards.

Country born: USA

Education: University of California at Davis – MS in Food Science – Enology
University of New Mexico – BS in Microbiology and Biology, BA in Foreign Languages - Spanish

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Honors / Awards:
American Society of Enology and Viticulture Annual Meeting - Best Student Paper, Enology 2002

Winemaking Philosophy:
As a winemaker I strive to bring out the best of what the grape has to offer, while minimizing the signature of the winemaking process. My goal is to showcase the unique characters of the vineyard and the vintage, not my hand in the process. I believe my job as a winemaker is to guide the wines in my charge, caring for them and keeping them on the right track, carefully augmenting or shaping as needed. Classically structured wines lower in alcohol (12-14%) and with careful use of oak along with crisp acidity are my preference. I have worked with most of the varietals commonly grown in the US and a few less common ones, as well. My experience has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Pinot Noir.

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1500 Whitehall Lane
Saint Helena  CA  94574

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Heitz Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 16
Snowden Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 16
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