Bodegas Montecillo

Camino Cellars

Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Great. Mineral. Dialed in, not a fruit bomb — 24 days ago

Senator, Daniel P. and 2 others liked this


Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Jeremy Shanker

Cali Cab that I get behind. — 2 months ago

Andrew, Joshua and 16 others liked this

Beta Wine

Vare Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

My first experience with the 2015 “Vare Vineyard” and the first of my three allocated bottles. Ketan mentioned this was his best “Vare” bottling to-date and while I can’t speak to that (since all of my previous experiences with Beta have been the Montecillo Vineyard in Sonoma), I can verify that it has Ketan’s signature all over it. I did not decant this bottle though, it probably would have benefited from it. Never the less, the bouquet was bursting with character: predominately black fruits, anise, eucalyptus, coniferous forest floor, Anaheim pepper…the overwhelming message of freshness and one of the most unique noses I’ve ever encountered from a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, things were a little more subdued with black currants, tart black cherry and black bramble fruit with a little hint of baking spices. It seemed a touch green, to be completely honest. Bone dry and endowed with substantial structure; medium+ tannin, medium+ acid, all the while framed by a medium- body; a welter weight of a wine.

This seems right in-line with what I have come to expect from Ketan Mody’s approach and, while I don’t expect anyone to peg this as Bordeaux in a blind tasting, it certainly has some Old World sensibilities and reminds me of the way Cabernet Sauvignon was made in California 40+ years ago. And, after drinking a few 40 year old Napa Cabernet’s this past week plus the aforementioned balance of fruit/structure, I believe this has a long life ahead of it with a rather exciting upside. Drink with patience or cellar. FWIW, I don’t have any immediate plans to open my second bottle before 2025.
— 3 months ago

Ira, Arden and 14 others liked this

Bodegas Montecillo

Rioja Tempranillo 2012

Big, well-structured and luscious. I had a 9-year old bottle and I should have decanted it earlier in the day. This one has the bones to age and grow even more well-knit over time. — 24 days ago

Di Costanzo

Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Rob N

Another great cab from Di Costanzo. I get more mineral and less fruit in this one than the Farella. Almost like an Italian-style wine. — 2 months ago

Eric, Byron and 8 others liked this

Beekeeper Cellars

Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

Beautiful wine. — 3 months ago

Tom, Paul and 14 others liked this

Bedrock Wine Co.

Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Green. Needs time. — 6 months ago

Paul, Joseph and 3 others liked this

Bodegas Montecillo

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2012

Excellent bang for the buck. — 25 days ago

Susan Cahoon
with Susan

Bodegas Montecillo

Viña Cumbrero Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 1996

This is a variety that ages well in wood, producing wines with a good tannic structure, colour and acidity during the ageing process. The reserva wines of Bodegas Montecillo spend approximately 2 years in American oak barrels, producing a style that adheres to the principles of classic Rioja wines. — 3 months ago

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Bodegas Montecillo


Skin contact maceration for 96 hours. Lees aging. Interesting! — 5 months ago