Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Tasting

11. Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate (1994)

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Aromatically this remains coy, hinting at wood spice and licorice over a core of fine blue and black fruits. The aromatics carry over into the mouth, where this exhibits attractive spice notes over a palate that is as much about cedar and wood spice as it is about black raspberry and cherry fruit. There's a lot of dry tannin here to burn off, and there seems to be enough fruit to handle it, but it's a bit of an iffy proposition at this point based on this bottle. Based on track record, however, I expect this to pull itself together nicely by about 2018. 91 points
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