Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 1995

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In the glass it has one of the most intense, aromatic noses ever for a young Montelena Cab. To me, metaphorically at ...

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Hmmmm. This was a bit cooler to start so the initial thoughts were...well.... initial. Subdued, reticent and closed. Put aside for a bit.Great medi... Read more

At the winery, I rated the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate one point below what I gave it in the blind tasting. Nevertheless, my notes on both tasti... Read more

...Brighter aromas of black cherry, pepper, chocolate and fresh herbs. Sweet and lush, if not quite as fat as the '96. A note of humus adds complex... Read more

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Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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3.50 5
02/25/2009

Hmmmm. This was a bit cooler to start so the initial thoughts were...well.... initial. Subdued, reticent and closed. Put aside for a bit.Great medium color with some bricking on the edges. Some currant and black fruits were coming through. A little awkward and clumsy. It never really came around. A perfectly sound but was a bit disappointing all around.


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

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Source: Epic Cellars
04/29/2010

At the winery, I rated the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate one point below what I gave it in the blind tasting. Nevertheless, my notes on both tastings are nearly identical. This is another winery where the 1995 may be as strong as the 1994. The color is an opaque purple. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, with classic notes of cassis intermixed with loamy soil scents, underbrush, and spice. There is massive body and elevated, but sweet tannin that is well-integrated with the wine's other components, a blockbuster mid-palate, and a finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/23/2010

...Brighter aromas of black cherry, pepper, chocolate and fresh herbs. Sweet and lush, if not quite as fat as the '96. A note of humus adds complexity. Finishes with fresh cassis and cherry flavors... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1995 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml


Ratings & Tags for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate

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Winemaker's Notes:

In the glass it has one of the most intense, aromatic noses ever for a young Montelena Cab. To me, metaphorically at least, the bouquet boils out of the glass like a punch in the nose. Usually it takes a bit more bottle age to develop this intensity, and it will continue to evolve in the future. With our signature inky color and awesome bouquet it is complex and absolutely typical of Chateau Montelena, boasting our unique earthy-berry characteristics and hints of rich, tonal black tea. As it should be, the palate is equally attention getting. It is very rich and bold, almost too complex to simply describe, but since you are trying to read this instead of drinking a glass I'll try. It rolls across the palate with waves of cassis-berry, smoke, earth and spice. It is very classic in weight and balance, sort of a Bordeaux framework with California richness and big fruit. It has great tannin balance, big yet supple ripe tannins - very clearly a well executed great vintage from a great vineyard. As far as ageability we see a huge potential and it will easily go 20 years, it's that loaded with fruit and well balanced. As you can tell we think we did a good job on this one and hope you will too.

In the glass it has one of the most intense, aromatic noses ever for a young Montelena Cab. To me, metaphorically at least, the bouquet boils out of the glass like a punch in the nose. Usually it takes a bit more bottle age to develop this intensity, and it will continue to evolve in the future. With our signature inky color and awesome bouquet it is complex and absolutely typical of Chateau Montelena, boasting our unique earthy-berry characteristics and hints of rich, tonal black tea. As it should be, the palate is equally attention getting. It is very rich and bold, almost too complex to simply describe, but since you are trying to read this instead of drinking a glass I'll try. It rolls across the palate with waves of cassis-berry, smoke, earth and spice. It is very classic in weight and balance, sort of a Bordeaux framework with California richness and big fruit. It has great tannin balance, big yet supple ripe tannins - very clearly a well executed great vintage from a great vineyard. As far as ageability we see a huge potential and it will easily go 20 years, it's that loaded with fruit and well balanced. As you can tell we think we did a good job on this one and hope you will too.

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