Located in the Carmel Valley region of Monterey County is Chateau Julien Vineyards. It was founded in 1982 by New Jersey natives Bob and Patty Brower who moved to this area in the late 1970s looking to turn their vision into reality by owning and operating their own winery. The Browers spent many years traveling through the wine regions of France which inspired their passion to create wine as well their design of the Chateau Julien Winery. They brought on Winemaker Bill Anderson produced the winery's first 100% Merlot with the premier vintage in 1982, which emerged as the winery's flagship grape variety according to our Chateau Julien wine reviews. Chateau Julien wines are available in their Vintner's Collection, Private Reserve and Barrel Selected lines. While a variety of different grape varieties are used throughout these lines, our Chateau Julien wine ratings illustrate their Merlot based wines are still the most popular with both editors and consumers alike.
A 50-50 blend of Merlot and Malbec, this is the most expensive wine the chateau has ever produced, a commemoration of their 25th anniversary. It commands attention for dryness and complexity. The usual Bordeaux flavors of blackberries, plums and mocha are weaved into earthier tastes of salty, cured-olive tapenade and sweet miso, enhanced with smoky new oak. This is…
Flavorful and displaying quite a lot of complexity at the price. Aromatically rich with creamy, leesy, toasty-oak and spice notes. Pears, orange and cinnamon flavors grace the palate. Positive mouthfeel and a fine acid balance. Long, tasty, complex finish. Editor’s Choice.
Nice to see such a nice Merlot from Château Julien, their best ever. It does what Merlot should, being dry and lush, with complex sour cherry, currant, herb, cocoa and spice flavors wrapped into smooth tannins. A lovely wine for drinking now.
Bright, zesty Monterey fruit stars, dressed in elaborate mango and pineapple flavors. Oak adds vanilla, smoke and an unctuous, sappy texture, while lees contact does its creamy thing. This is a big-boned Chard, slightly sweet and quite spicy.
Must come from a warmer part of the county, because the fruit is very ripe and elaborate. Delicious in peppery blackberry, leather and plum flavors, and dry, with rich, complex tannins. A wine to watch.
A round and pleasant wine with melon, toast and pear aromas and flavors, but a bit on the sweet side. Bright citrus and peach notes add interest, a touch of chalk keeps the sweetness in check, and the oak comes up dramatically on the back end.
Darkly colored, brimming with blackberry aromas and oak that hits you across the head. It’s new and well charred, with caramel scents. Tannins are thick and rather aggressive. Ambitious Monterey vintners continue to push against Napa. A wine like this advances the cause, but also shows how much remains to be done.
There’s a ton of true varietal character in this fun wine. It’s very dark in color, and has the nicest aromas of white pepper and blackberries. Tastes just great, rich and filled with berry flavors, bone dry, with smooth tannins. No, it’s not a wine of great complexity. But it’s still a very good wine.