With dinner at a friend’s house, we had a terrific bottle of 2009 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Montelena, of course, is the Calistoga winery which won the famous Judgment of Paris competition in 1976, when its Chardonnay was selected by a panel of French wine experts in a blind tasting of Chardonnays from France and California, a result which shocked the French and surprised many in the world of wine. The story behind the competition was later dramatized in 2008 in the film Bottle Shock starring Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier, the British owner of a wine shop in Paris, who organized the competition. Our 2009 Chateau Montelena was a deep ruby-colored full-bodied Cab, with aromas of black cherry, plums and spice, and flavors of dark red fruits and toasty vanilla from oak aging. The blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc provides a good balance of soft tannins and high acidity, and a gentle 13.8% alcohol, leading to a long and smooth finish. This wine paired very well with our dinner of grilled pork loin, wild rice and sauteed vegetables. Robert Parker gave the 2009 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon a score of 91 points.