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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (an 8600-case cuvee made from yields of 1.98 tons of fruit per acre) is c...Read more...
Very surprised by this wine. After reading a lot of neutral and some negative press about Chateau Montelena I didn't expect much. This wine was q... Read more
A beautiful classic Bordeaux style cab from Napa Valley. This is not a museum piece, but a very drinkable, food-friendly wine to enjoy. I was pleas... Read more
Opens up with good dark blackberry fruit and a bit of spice and ripe black cherry. Has a fresh, spiced palate with bunches of blackberries, medium ... Read more
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Very surprised by this wine. After reading a lot of neutral and some negative press about Chateau Montelena I didn't expect much. This wine was quite good. It had very good balance with a long finish, fine tannins and decent acidity. It was very expressive wine and not one that meets 'classical' definitions.
A beautiful classic Bordeaux style cab from Napa Valley. This is not a museum piece, but a very drinkable, food-friendly wine to enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this. Great restrained style with good fruit and balance.
Opens up with good dark blackberry fruit and a bit of spice and ripe black cherry. Has a fresh, spiced palate with bunches of blackberries, medium to high acid, medium tannin, with clove, chocolate and molasses mingling on the finish.
Rich red, pretty and feminine style fruit on the nose. Sweet red berries fill the aromas in addition to nice floral notes. Fruit forward in style as age has relaxed the tannin and acid a bit. Luscious and rich, dominated by red fruit. Raspberry, currant and cherry flavors with nice vanilla influence. Soft, rounded tannins. It's in a lovely drinking window right now. 93 pts. 5/9/13
Tasted at the winery 9/20/09.
86% cabernet sauv with touches of merlot and cab franc. Delicious, luscious and decadent wine. -Tasted at the winery 9/290/09
Had this 2005 2 years ago at my annual cabernet tasting. It was more Bordeau like in its structure. The nose was not very big. Once tasted, there was so many wonderful things going on. Dark fruit, cassis, vanilla, a hint of bitter chocolate or cocoa, with soft tannins gently tugging here and there. My only let down was the somewhat short finish. With all that was going on in my mouth, I would have expected long finish. All in all a great wine.
External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from their old vineyards in Calistoga. This is a dense, ruby/purple-tinged wine with full body, and despite the softness of the general vintage, Montelena has plenty of structure. Like nearly every vintage of their top Cabernet Sauvignon, it will last for 25 or more years. The wine has sweet tannin in a broad, flavorful, concentrated style with plenty of black currant, licorice, and spice. The wine is beautifully textured, slightly more forward than most Montelena Cabernets tend to be. It is another beauty from probably the most consistent winery for Cabernet Sauvignon over the last three decades.
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a remarkably rich but still backward red. It will benefit from 5-8 more years of cellaring, and should last for three decades. The full-bodied, intense, dense ruby/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals a closed, reticent bouquet of minerals, crème de cassis, and spice. This rich, full-bodied effort should be going strong 20-30 years from now.
Montelena's backward, elegant, complex 2001 Estate reveals a dense ruby/purple color along with foresty, earthy notes intermixed with black currant characteristics as well as sweet tannin. Always a less ripe outlier (although it contains 14% natural alcohol), it will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for at least 20 more years based on the extraordinary longevity Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons possess.
The powerful, concentrated 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (14.3% alcohol) exhibits aromas of black currant jam, tar, smoke, and forest floor. This opulent, rich 2003, while less flamboyant than the extroverted 2002, is deep, chewy, pure, and well-delineated. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+.
Complex nose on this dark ruby red from one of California's most renowned producers. Deep, swirling layers of black berry fruit, licorice and cedar reveal themselves on a chewy, muscular frame. Stylistically, it's more aligned with ageworthy Bordeaux than with the immediate appeal of fruit-forward Cabernets. An underrated vintage that is showing off some excellent wines.
Good full ruby. Very pure flavors of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Dense, rich and pure, with quintessential cabernet flavors of cassis and licorice. Like a finer-grained, fleshier version of the classic but tightly wound 2001. As rich as it is, this also boasts terrific inner-palate energy. Carries a distinctly moderate 13.8% alcohol. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and superb length. This should age for 15 to 20 years.
Bright ruby. Knockout perfumed nose combines cassis, spices and violet. Sweet, fine and smooth, with lovely density and purity of dark fruit flavor. This offers enticing inner-palate perfume and is sure to be a popular vintage for this bottling. Finishes with substantial but very fine tannins that hit the palate late. My sample did not yet include the 2% or so of Cabernet Franc that's likely to be added to this cuvee.
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (an 8600-case cuvee made from yields of 1.98 tons of fruit per acre) is considered to be one of the great California wine producers. The wine boasts a saturated inky/purple color as well as extraordinary density of fruit and cassis and huge tannin body and extract. It is a substantial palate-staining long muscular Cabernet that should only be purchased by connoisseurs with cold cellars as well as patience. 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.
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