When you've been doing this for a while, there are certain names that jump at you at first sight. Corley is one of them. It belongs to Jay Corely who came to the Napa Valley in 1969 searching for land to plant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
He purchased 80 acres in Southern Napa's cool Oak Knoll district where a few wineries had reached great success with those grapes. He named his winery Monticello after Thomas Jefferson's estate in Virginia. Fun fact-Jefferson was the first American wine connoisseur who introduced the wine culture to his cohorts. Oh, and he also authored the Declaration of Independence as well.
Chris Corley, son of Jay, married an organic farmer named Julianna. Chris grew up in the family winery, becoming an experienced and "intellectual" winemaker. Julianna, meanwhile, has had years of experience in organic grape growing for the likes of Williams-Selyem and Opus One. Together they created "Julianna"-matching their skills with their love of creating wine which transports the drinker to the hillsides of the winery.
So, here we have this power couple making power wine in the powerful Napa Valley. With all that, one has great expectations and the Corley's have met and exceeded every one of them.
Our selection is the purest essence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The hillside vineyard is devastatingly pruned to produce small yields assuring that every little grape is packed with the power of two or three. The flavors explode with black fruit essences gripped with obvious tannins and literally scream for prime rib, chateaubriand or a Santa Maria Tri-Tip.