Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Good but didn’t compare to the the others opened during the night. Napa Cab bones, with some fruit still showing — 2 days ago

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Cline Cellars

Live Oak Vineyard Zinfandel 2004

San Francisco Bay fruit, so this seems to be a rather cool microclimate for this grape. I think this one is a little past prime. Still had some black cherry and dried herb notes. A little bit of pipe tobacco. Finish line of has a vegetal character that was a little bit off putting. But a little bit impressed at the longevity. This basically makes me afraid to open up the 75 Montelena Zin as I have a feeling it might be nothing more than mushroom and rotted fruit.... — 3 years ago

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I tasted this blind...I actually guessed Zinfandel, but I think I was rather lucky. There was certainly some sweet fruit at the core, but it was very stewed. Old fig and graham cracker with pipe tobacco. Overripe blackberry with raspberry vinaigrette. Unique to try.

Liquid Farm

La Hermana Chardonnay 2015

Absolutely fantastic alternative to Chateau Montelena. Great Central Coast Chablis-style Chard — 4 years ago

Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Zinfandel

Sangita's moms birthday — 16 days ago

Chateau Montelena

North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

This is what cab is all about. I feel grateful when I have the opportunity to try California Cabernets from the 70s. This from a 3L - pulled from the Montelena library. Gorgeous fruit with healthy development but given the bottle and impeccable cellaring I think this is only middle aged at this point. — 3 years ago

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Very cool.

Dominus Estate

Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1998

Pristine cork, decanted for 5 hours: still balanced, complex, and harmonious as a 20 year old in a challenging vintage. Fruit still lively, with mellow tannins—this still has a few years left. Came out best for me in an evening of great old wines: ‘98 Corison, ‘98 Montelena Estate, plus de la Tour ‘99. Never underestimate the consistency of a great estate, year after year. Glad I have another bottle or two. — 4 years ago

Chateau Montelena

John Muir Hanna Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Amazing! Great Chardonnay that pairs well with fish pork or anything light to medium in flavor. Light oak but still lots of character. — 4 years ago

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

Shay A

Enjoyed trying this after the ‘91 Montelena. Similarities and differences. Picked up signature American oak here with notes of herbs and dill, but not as much of the coconut smell I normally get (maybe that fades with age?). Focused. Leather, baked black cherry pie, muddled rhubarb, bayleaf. Soft and round with very nice depth. Lingering finish. I thought this outdid the ‘85 it was next to quite easily (though that bottle may have been flawed). — 3 years ago

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@Matt Duncan : This was a standout and an impressive showing. The ‘85 was also the Alexander Valley but something just seemed off...wasn’t corked, and it certainly wasn’t bad, just seemed off/tired. Bummer.
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Was your ‘85 Alex bottle one we recorked at the winery? Should have a little sticker on the back if so.
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@Matt Duncan : Just checked...didn’t see a sticker. Just the label on the back.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

2nd Cab flight, bottle 3. Another tightly wound wine that blossomed with air, but couldn’t outdo the ‘91 Montelena for me. — 4 years ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Saw an ‘06 on a wine list and grabbed this 12 year-old beauty. Mike Grgich 1st gained international recognition at the celebrated "Paris Tasting" of '76 where a panel of eminent French judges were shocked they chose Mike’s '73 Montelena Chard as the finest white wine in the world! Elegant, rich berry fruit aromas, licorice notes. On the palate blackberry & cherry, bits of cacao and cinnamon, soft fine tannins. Lingering finish ending with soft oaky notes. Opened quickly and drank beautifully. — 4 years ago

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