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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1994

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This wine has a generous black currant jam and spice aroma, with some background tones of cedary Merlot and blueberry Cabernet Franc - very typical of the Calistoga District - and the color is dark ruby red. It is tasty with intense flavors of juicy berry and Cabernet Varietal spice that follow the nose. There is a very bright palate entry with big round fruit in a soft package. With moderate tannins and very fat on the palate it has a good “Red Wine” feel. The texture is key, a round feeling and rich tasting wine, with the concentration for which the Calistoga District is famous. Most importantly for you, the “user friendly” nature of the Calistoga Cuvee does not demand years of cellaring prior to finding a supple drinkability.

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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
89065213,251
4.00 5
05/14/2013

Aromatically this remains coy, hinting at wood spice and licorice over a core of fine blue and black fruits. The aromatics carry over into the mouth, where this exhibits attractive spice notes over a palate that is as much about cedar and wood spice as it is about black raspberry and cherry fruit. There's a lot of dry tannin here to burn off, and there seems to be enough fruit to handle it, but it's a bit of an iffy proposition at this point based on this bottle. Based on track record, however, I expect this to pull itself together nicely by about 2018. 91 points


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Snooth User: ChadinRI
31485823
4.50 5
11/30/2009

A wonderful wine. Perfectly aged with minimal sediment, very intense favors and a long enjoyable finish.


Snooth User: DianeG
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5.00 5
06/14/2009

Five glasses


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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/11/2011

Ruby-red. Deep, complex, perfumed aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, plum, tar and loam. Lush, velvety and very intensely flavored, with strong extract and lovely ripe acidity giving the fruit excellent delineation. Full, rich, sweet and refined. Ve... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1500ml



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This wine has a generous black currant jam and spice aroma, with some background tones of cedary Merlot and blueberry Cabernet Franc - very typical of the Calistoga District - and the color is dark ruby red. It is tasty with intense flavors of juicy berry and Cabernet Varietal spice that follow the nose. There is a very bright palate entry with big round fruit in a soft package. With moderate tannins and very fat on the palate it has a good “Red Wine” feel. The texture is key, a round feeling and rich tasting wine, with the concentration for which the Calistoga District is famous. Most importantly for you, the “user friendly” nature of the Calistoga Cuvee does not demand years of cellaring prior to finding a supple drinkability.

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic


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