Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Tasting

9. Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate (1991)

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The nose on this is youthful and complex with lots of oak spice buffered by plenty of red and black fruits with a jammy edge to them. There are lovely complicating notes of wet horse, grilled peppers, leather and chalky soil adding to the bouquet. On the palate this is surprisingly elegant and composed with a fine, layered fell and deep flavors of black currant edged with smoke and earth. The backend is still a bit hard and feels a touch extracted but the balance to allow this to continue to improve is here and I expect this can only get better. 93pts
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