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Wine Advocate # 142 Aug 2002 Robert Parker 93 Drink 2002 - 2014 The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (13,000 cases) wil...Read more...
This is very young and still heavily marked by oak on the nose with a fudgy quality that detracts from the rich, jammy fruit. In the mouth this has... Read more
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 mou... Read more
A bit dull on the nose with a hint of celery under lots of toasty spices, notes of burnt marshmallow and subtle black fruits. In the mouth this is... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate
This is very young and still heavily marked by oak on the nose with a fudgy quality that detracts from the rich, jammy fruit. In the mouth this has great balance with good mineral cut on the finish but the wood intrudes here as well offering a bit of bitter tannin on the finale that needs several years to resolve itself. Nothing wrong here just too young. Give this another 5 years or so and it should reveal much better definition to the fruit. 91pts.
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
A bit dull on the nose with a hint of celery under lots of toasty spices, notes of burnt marshmallow and subtle black fruits. In the mouth this is intense and focused, and far fresher than one would guess from the nose. There's big fruit paired with big oak here, a little thick and astringent across the palate. This has a bit of a coarse edge to the rather long finish, but should still improve with time in the cellar. 91 points
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
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
A little oxidized on the nose, with lots of earthy, leathery, mushroomy dried-out aromas. While the palate is rich and smooth, it offers flavors similar to those found on the nose with no nuance or detail, finishing abruptly on the short finish. Probably a bad bottle. 78 points
Whoa doggie! This is great just to smell with it's core of rich, liquory black currant fruit edged with eucalyptus and sweet herb top notes. This is still youthful in the mouth but ready to go with a big, solid core of black currant fruit and just enough tannin still in residence to give the wine a slightly agressive edge but the depth here is just fabulous. Great length. this is monumental California Cabernet. 2009-2022 96pts
Rich, elegant nose. Round and rich with cassis, cherry and currant fruit. Some licorice notes with creme de cassis and light camphor aromas. Richly textured wine with great structure. Approachable now, yet can easily age nicely. Round tannins. Flavors of cassis and kirsch with hints of graphite, violet and lavender. Very lush and nice. 91 pts. 5/9/13 at winery
hints of blackberry... bold but very mellow.
Long legs. Well made. Strong licorice and cherries. A good cab. Let it breathe.
Long legs. Well made. Strong licorice and cherries. A good cab. Let it breathe.
A little light and early for 2007
Wonderful aromas of soft fruit, wood, earth, and pine. Very playful and balanced.
incredibly powerful tannins... well balanced... not a very strong nose.
External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate
Complex layers of black fruits through the mid palate, with good barrel spice underlayment throughout, are nicely complemented by bright red fruit on the finish.
Saturated, deep ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and minerals; reminded me of a Pauillac. Silky on entry, then dense and sweet in the middle, conveying an impression of power. There's a youthfully medicinal quality to the dark berry
Good red-ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of black cherry and menthol lifted by rose and spice oils. Suave, pure and vibrant, with red berry and spice flavors lifted by a pungent minty quality. Nothing black fruit about this vintage. Finishes with fi... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully supple and fragrant. Silky tannins frame a core of expressive dark red fruit. Floral and spice notes are nicely woven throughout. This textured, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon should continue to age gracefully for another 7-10 years, but it is awfully good right now. The blend includes 7% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc in 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2019.
Good full ruby. Aromatic nose combines crystallized blackberry, black cherry, licorice and menthol. Lovely sweetness leavened by a firm acid core. Seems to have more of everything than the 2008, but the elements have not yet come into harmony. Still quite grapey and primary. With this vintage, Montelena has decided to cap production of their estate cabernet at 7,500 cases, so more of the estate juice will now be available for inclusion in this wine.
Good red-ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of black cherry and menthol lifted by rose and spice oils. Suave pure and vibrant with red berry and spice flavors lifted by a pungent minty quality. Nothing black fruit about this vintage. Finishes with fine-grained rather silky tannins and terrific energy. Less forbidding at this young stage than many recent vintages of this wine and in a distinctly food-friendly style. This wine benefited dramatically from its final months in barrel. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
Good deep red. Red berries, pungent herbs, menthol and cedary oak on the nose. Brisk and tightly wound, with edgy flavors of cherry syrup and rhubarb. The tannins are a bit dry but hit the palate late, allowing the red fruit flavors to express themselves on the back. Shows a slight overripe/underripe character but I would not be at all surprised if this wine came into better harmony with another year or two of bottle aging.
Wine Advocate # 142 Aug 2002 Robert Parker 93 Drink 2002 - 2014 The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (13,000 cases) will disprove all the naysayers about how bad the vintage was in the North Coast. It possesses an opaque ruby/purple color, a gorgeous perfume of loamy soil, new saddle leather, chocolate, and black cherry and black currant fruit, full body, and ripe tannin in the finish. As it sits in the glass, notes of cedar and spice box also emerge. Although more evolved than most Montelena Cabernets are at age 4, there is no doubting that it will still provide considerable pleasure at age 15 or 16. Kudos to the Barretts for producing this impressive 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the vintage's few stars. The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of California's most remarkable Cabernets. I have been following it since the early seventies, and even the most difficult vintages are still drinking beautifully. The home vineyard is so consistent that even in vintages such as 1989 and 1998, this wine is far better than its competition.
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