2011 Montagna Cabernet Sauvignon
Montagna Napa Valley has been an estate and winery in the works for a number of years. Proprietor Bob Long and his family have been associated with Pritchard Hill since the 1960’s; this is among the best terroir in Napa to not have a sub appellation designation. Bob’s parents first fell in love with Napa in the 1950’s and their family visited the valley fairly often. He remembers his first trip in 1955, driving up from their family home in Palo Alto and arriving at Charles Krug and being impressed with the huge casks as well as the invigorating smells inside the winery.
His uncle was well traveled and had visited France a number of times. He introduced the family to French wines and their trips to Napa become more frequent until Bob’s father decided to purchase hillside land. Pritchard Hill in the 50’s and 60’s was little developed; it was used almost exclusively for ranching and cattle grazing and the “main” road in the area was a dirt. Bob’s parents met local winemaking families including the Martini’s and the Long family ultimately purchased nearly 1000 acres in this now exclusive winery neighborhood. Top wineries have estates here including Bryant Family, Chappellet, Colgin, Continuum, and Ovid, among others.