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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1991

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Notes on the Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 1991 : WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: 91 POINTS Smooth, rich and intense without being overly tannic. The core of black cherry, anise, blackberry and currant flavors is well-focused, turning supple, with persistent flavors on the finish.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2006. JL WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 95 POINTS Montelenas incredible 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987. The 1991 is extremely closed and backward, & in need of 5-6 years of cellaring. The color is a dense, opaque purple. The nose offers up Chateau Montelena's tell-tale signature - abundant, pure aromas of cassis, minerals, & spicy oak. Full-bodied, spectacularly rich, & highly extracted, with moderate to high tannin, this is a youthful, exuberant, stunning example of blockbuster Napa Cabernet. Its inner core of cassis fruit is something to savor! It should hit its peak around the turn of the century & last for 20 years. CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY ESTATE 1991

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,331
4.50 5
01/26/2010

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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Snooth User: dowsk
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4.50 5
12/13/2007

Dec 2007 dinner with Francois, Brad, and Nader. decanted over 2 hours. this wine present a dense ruby/purple color with boat loaded perfume of cassis, raspberry, plum, vanilla. wonderful length. What a good value!!!


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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Smooth, rich and intense without being overly tannic. The core of black cherry, anise, blackberry and currant flavors is well-focused, turning supple, with persistent flavors on the finish... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1991 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml


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Source: Epic Cellars
05/17/2010

Montelena's incredible 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987. The 1991 is extremely closed and backward, and in need of 5-6 years of cellaring. The color is a dense, opaque purple. The nose offers up Chateau Montelena's tell-tale signature - abundant, pure aromas of cassis, minerals, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, spectacularly rich, and highly extracted, with moderate to high tannin, this is a youthful, exuberant, stunning example of blockbuster Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Its inner core of cassis fruit is something to savor! It should hit its peak around the turn of the century and last for 20 years thereafter. Don't miss it!


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/11/2011

...an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987. The 1991 is extremely closed and backward, and in need of 5-6 years of ce... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1991 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml



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Notes on the Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 1991 : WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: 91 POINTS Smooth, rich and intense without being overly tannic. The core of black cherry, anise, blackberry and currant flavors is well-focused, turning supple, with persistent flavors on the finish.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2006. JL WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 95 POINTS Montelenas incredible 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987. The 1991 is extremely closed and backward, & in need of 5-6 years of cellaring. The color is a dense, opaque purple. The nose offers up Chateau Montelena's tell-tale signature - abundant, pure aromas of cassis, minerals, & spicy oak. Full-bodied, spectacularly rich, & highly extracted, with moderate to high tannin, this is a youthful, exuberant, stunning example of blockbuster Napa Cabernet. Its inner core of cassis fruit is something to savor! It should hit its peak around the turn of the century & last for 20 years. CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY ESTATE 1991

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