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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1990

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Notes on the Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 1990 93 Pts Robt Parker : WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: 94 POINTS Tremendous complexity, depth and richness, with sharply focused layers of currant, anise, cedar, tobacco and spice, firming on the finish, where the tannins are soft enough for the wine to be enjoyed now.--California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 9,500 cases made. JL Feb 28, 2001WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 93 POINTS The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was reviewed in issue #95 from tastings done before its release. Tasted twice from purchased bottles, it is a backward, but splendidly concentrated, broad, expansively-flavored, full-bodied Cabernet with a high level of tannin. Its stunning display of highly extracted, blackcurrant fruit judiciously wrapped in toasty oak is impressive. It is a 20-30 year wine. WA # , #96 (Dec 1994) Drink 1994 - 2024 Robert ParkerCHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY ESTATE 1990 93 PTS ROBT PARKER

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
89065218,670
4.50 5
06/01/2009

This is just classic Montelena with it's notes of seared black cassis mingled with spiced oak tones and a hint of green anise seed. In the mouth it's smooth and seamless with full, ripe round tannins and gentle hints of tomato leaf and herb framing the deep black fruit tones. Lovely wine and with a bright future. 92pts


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

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Source: Epic Cellars
05/17/2010

The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was reviewed in issue #95 from tastings done before its release. Tasted twice from purchased bottles, it is a backward, but splendidly concentrated, broad, expansively-flavored, full-bodied Cabernet with a high level of tannin. Its stunning display of highly extracted, blackcurrant fruit judiciously wrapped in toasty oak is impressive. It is a 20-30 year wine.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/16/2011

...a backward, but splendidly concentrated, broad, expansively-flavored, full-bodied Cabernet with a high level of tannin. Its stunning display of highly extracted, blackcurrant fruit judiciously wrapped in toasty oak is impressive... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1990 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml



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Notes on the Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 1990 93 Pts Robt Parker : WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: 94 POINTS Tremendous complexity, depth and richness, with sharply focused layers of currant, anise, cedar, tobacco and spice, firming on the finish, where the tannins are soft enough for the wine to be enjoyed now.--California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 9,500 cases made. JL Feb 28, 2001WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 93 POINTS The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was reviewed in issue #95 from tastings done before its release. Tasted twice from purchased bottles, it is a backward, but splendidly concentrated, broad, expansively-flavored, full-bodied Cabernet with a high level of tannin. Its stunning display of highly extracted, blackcurrant fruit judiciously wrapped in toasty oak is impressive. It is a 20-30 year wine. WA # , #96 (Dec 1994) Drink 1994 - 2024 Robert ParkerCHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY ESTATE 1990 93 PTS ROBT PARKER

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