Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1985

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92 points Robert Parker: Consistently a low to mid-ninety point Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena's 1985 remains ...

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A bit brothy on the nose with lots of toasty spices and sweet oak-derived aromas. Smooth and finely balanced in the mouth, this really exhibits lo... Read more

Deep ruby-red barely a sign of development. Floral, cedary aromas of crystallized berries (raspberry, cassis, mulberry) and graphite extremely yout... Read more

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
05/14/2013

A bit brothy on the nose with lots of toasty spices and sweet oak-derived aromas. Smooth and finely balanced in the mouth, this really exhibits lovely balance with a touch of leanness across the mid-palate that gives this a bit of Bordeaux character. The finish shows the classic black currant and black cherry fruits but is a bit on the short side. A bit tough and monolithic. 88 points


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/16/2011

Deep ruby-red barely a sign of development. Floral, cedary aromas of crystallized berries (raspberry, cassis, mulberry) and graphite extremely youthful. Thick, large-scaled and very strong in extract layered and deep. Strong but harmonious acidity gi... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1985 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml


Winemaker's Notes:

92 points Robert Parker: Consistently a low to mid-ninety point Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena's 1985 remains frightfully backward at nearly ten years of age. The 1985, 1987, and 1991 have the potential to be three of the longest-lived Montelena Cabernets this fine winery has ever produced. In this tasting, the 1985 was unevolved and youthful, with an opaque ruby/purple color, and a closed but promising nose of cassis fruit, earth, minerals, and oak. Full-bodied, marvelously concentrated and pure, this highly extracted, muscular, blockbuster effort requires a minimum of 5-6 more years of cellaring. A candidate for 20-30 years of longevity, it should prove to be one of the great Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons, but patience is required. (Apr 1995)

92 points Robert Parker: Consistently a low to mid-ninety point Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena's 1985 remains frightfully backward at nearly ten years of age. The 1985, 1987, and 1991 have the potential to be three of the longest-lived Montelena Cabernets this fine winery has ever produced. In this tasting, the 1985 was unevolved and youthful, with an opaque ruby/purple color, and a closed but promising nose of cassis fruit, earth, minerals, and oak. Full-bodied, marvelously concentrated and pure, this highly extracted, muscular, blockbuster effort requires a minimum of 5-6 more years of cellaring. A candidate for 20-30 years of longevity, it should prove to be one of the great Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons, but patience is required. (Apr 1995)

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