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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1993

Winemaker's Notes:

Right off the bat one can see our trademark very deep color, almost black. Even the tears on the sides of the glass have great color. The nose is very concentrated Montelena earthy-berry (cassis) and has very well developed fruit. It is not such a “jammy” style wine as the ‘92 or upcoming ‘94, but more a classic Cabernet. All it takes is one taste and it’s clear that this wine is from good old Calistoga. The wine is driven by our distinctive varietal fruit. It has a full, rich mouthful of fruit and a rich body, followed by ripe tannin and good acid balance... strong and smooth. Packed full of complex berry varietal character, it is spicy, and not at all peppery. Oak from barrel aging is in the background and aftertaste. A powerhouse, yet smooth for it’s total mass, this will be a long lived wine.

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

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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/11/2011

Montelena produces two cuvees of Cabernet. The estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Montelena's flagship wines, have been remarkably consistent. From fruit grown in their Calistoga vineyards, which are dry farmed (non-irrigated), approximately 10,000 cases of... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1993 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
02/01/2011

Montelena produces two cuvees of Cabernet. The estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Montelena's flagship wines, have been remarkably consistent. From fruit grown in their Calistoga vineyards, which are dry farmed (non-irrigated), approximately 10,000 cases of this wine are estate-bottled each year. It is hard to find less than a stellar vintage. The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (the current release) possesses the most aggressive tannin of the 1993-1996 Estate Cabernets. It is a weighty, hefty, powerful wine, with a dense purple color, ripe, sweet black fruit flavors, considerable muscle and depth, and a spicy, full-bodied, tannic finish. This wine has all the necessary components to age effortlessly for 20+ years. However, it will require 3-4 years of cellaring in order to shed some of its tannin.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Tightly wound, with firm, leathery tannins wrapped around a core of currant, lead pencil, mineral and wild berry. Plenty of acidity and tannins, too. Best to decant.--1993 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2007. 10,000 cases made. ... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1993 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml



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Right off the bat one can see our trademark very deep color, almost black. Even the tears on the sides of the glass have great color. The nose is very concentrated Montelena earthy-berry (cassis) and has very well developed fruit. It is not such a “jammy” style wine as the ‘92 or upcoming ‘94, but more a classic Cabernet. All it takes is one taste and it’s clear that this wine is from good old Calistoga. The wine is driven by our distinctive varietal fruit. It has a full, rich mouthful of fruit and a rich body, followed by ripe tannin and good acid balance... strong and smooth. Packed full of complex berry varietal character, it is spicy, and not at all peppery. Oak from barrel aging is in the background and aftertaste. A powerhouse, yet smooth for it’s total mass, this will be a long lived wine.

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