I recently got my hands on the newest addition to the Spot family, the Green Spot Chateau Montelena Zinfandel cask finish.
This is the second Green Spot to be finished by one of the “Wine Geese” after the beautiful Chateau Leoville-Barton a year or so ago. The Wine Geese was the name given to the descendants of the Irish men and women who left these shores and went on to found some of the finest wineries in the world. This includes Montelena’s Barrett family, who originally emigrated from Waterford.
I first came across Chateau Montelena when reading about the (in)famous Judgement of Paris tasting. A blind tasting of both red and white wines was held between the Grand Crus of France and the best of California, with a who’s who of French wine buffs as the judges. When the scores were collated, the shock result had the Americans winning both categories, with Chateau Montelena’s Chardonnay top of the heap in the white wines, putting them firmly on the world map.
While the results of the tasting brought the quality of new world wines to the attention of the world, it also sparked huge controversy, and is still argued over today. It’s spawned academic papers, numerous books, and even a very romanticised but thoroughly enjoyable Hollywood movie “Bottle Shock”, starring the late great Alan Rickman, Chris Pine and Bill Pullman.
This is an exciting series of releases, combining the quintessential Irish whiskey, single pot still, with casks from the finest Irish vineyards.
While rumours constantly swirl about the eventual re-release of the mythical Red Spot, the Spot family (i.e Mitchell & Sons) keep our appetites well and truly whetted with these brilliant collaborations until that glorious day comes.
Huge thanks to my friend Ciaran Clarke who was good enough to pop into Mitchell & Sons to pick up the bottle for me, and was rewarded for his charitable work when they gave him a complimentary 50cl original Green Spot.