Chateau Montelena owner and vintner Jim Barrett passed away March 14, at the age of 86.
|Barrett in the 70s|
Barrett went on to make excellent Cabernets, as well as wonderful Chardonnays.
The movie Bottleshock was loosely (very loosely) based on Barrett's story.
Just a month before Barrett's death, the winery itself achieved a piece of immortality - it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
I visited the winery Friday on the Napa County Historical Society's first historic wines tour, devoted to the heritage wineries built by Hamden McIntyre (in the 1880s).
By the front door and over the central doors, black banners were hung in honor of Barrett's passing.
A public memorial service for Barrett will be held April 2 in Napa. Donations can be made in his memory to the Napa Valley Community Foundation at www.napavalleycf.org.
Note: Although the winery will tell you they have no organically grown wines, their Riesling is, in fact, made (solely) from certified organic grapes grown by Guinness McFadden up in Potter Valley whom they graciously mention in their literature and on the bottle.