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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1987

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Whoa doggie! This is great just to smell with it's core of rich, liquory black currant fruit edged with eucalyptus and sweet herb top notes. This is still youthful in the mouth but ready to go with a big, solid core of black currant fruit and just enough tannin still in residence to give the wine a slightly agressive edge but the depth here is just fabulous. Great length. this is monumental California Cabernet. 2009-2022 96pts

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Chateau Montelena Winery:
Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mo... Read more
Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mount Saint Helena. The soils are well drained, stony and loose – perfect for the vine cuttings he would plant. It took less than a decade to turn his dream into reality. First Tubbs planted his vineyards, then he built his Chateau, and in 1886 he imported a French-born winemaker. By 1896 his winery, christened Chateau Montelena (a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena), was the seventh largest in the Napa Valley. The next chapter began with the renaissance of Chateau Montelena Winery and the Estate vineyard. Under the leadership of Jim Barrett, the vineyard was cleared and replanted, and the Chateau outfitted with modern winemaking equipment. He assembled a team to oversee the vineyard and winemaking, then grew and contracted for the highest-quality grapes in the Napa Valley. In 1972 wines were made for the first time. Decades later, this celebrated family-owned winery continues to thrive with Jim Barrett at the helm. The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Montelena Estate Zinfandel are grown in one of the world's most unique winegrowing properties. The Estate vineyard is comprised of varied terrain, from flat to steep hillsides. The vineyard gently slopes downward towards its base, where a small patch of sedimentary soil was deposited by the settling of an ancient ocean or lake. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,355
5.00 5
12/29/2008

Whoa doggie! This is great just to smell with it's core of rich, liquory black currant fruit edged with eucalyptus and sweet herb top notes. This is still youthful in the mouth but ready to go with a big, solid core of black currant fruit and just enough tannin still in residence to give the wine a slightly agressive edge but the depth here is just fabulous. Great length. this is monumental California Cabernet. 2009-2022 96pts


External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
05/17/2010

Chateau Montelena has made so many sensational Cabernets that it seems almost impossible to believe that their 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate could be even more profound than any of the exceptional wines made previously at this property. The black/purple color, the extraordinary bouquet of rich cassis, violets, and licorice, the massive extraction of flavors, sensational depth, super ripeness, and a length that must last over a minute, suggest to me that this is easily the most concentrated and potentially longest-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that Chateau Montelena has ever made. The extract level is incredible, yet the balance is there. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2025.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

...Very tight, primary aromas of cassis, black licorice, minerals, shoe polish and menthol. Very concentrated, sweet flavor of cassis is still dominated by the wine structure. Finishes with big tannins, a suggestion of lead pencil and grip of steel. ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Tight and perhaps even less flashy than usual, it is slow to reveal its complex range of earthy, cedary currant and black cherry... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml




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