Calistoga, Napa Valley

Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Shay A

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Had the ‘92 not been alongside it, this may have stolen the show, but it seems to be much more tightly wound. Mainly strutting notes of red plum, cherry tart and rhubarb on the nose. Slightly St Estephe like on the palate currently with cherry swisher sweets, blackberries drizzled over bayleaf and herbs. Quite tannic. Hold or decant for a few hours if enjoying now. Thanks
@Bill Makens .
— 11 days ago

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Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Has been five years since I've enjoyed this one. Wrote a novel the last time, mentioning that the next decade would be kinder to this wine than this one, and I still for the most part believe that. I think the drinking window on this wine will be short. If you're holding a mag or 3L of this wine, I can imagine how much better off you're going to be than the holders of the 750's. Black cherry, dirty raspberry and graphite. A little more herbaceous than the 91, and also a little thinner. I think either this wine is as good as it gets, or can maybe see some improvement in the next couple of years. Best years for this wine IMO 2020-2025. — 24 days ago

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This may have shown better had it not been next to the stellar ‘91 (and a bottle of ‘05). Maybe in an awkward phase? More tart black cherry, cherry fig newton, and currant compared to the ‘91. Not only was it slightly darker (expected), but it didn’t seem as dense (semi surprising). Secondary notes are starting to reveal themselves.


HG III Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

Fruit forward, delicious blend. Wine Access. — a day ago

Lava Vine

calistoga Petite Sirah 2014

Deep, deep purple in the glass. The blackberries on the nose threaten to overwhelm the oak, lavender, and vanilla aromas but never does. From the good folks at Von Strasser, this is a rather plucky Petite Sirah that I definitely underestimated. Big, dense stuff with high acidity. Despite the utter bigness of this PS, it has an undeniably smooth mouthfeel. The more you drink this, the more fun it is. Rustic yet refined, this baby has a lot going for it. Wonderful fruit on the palate with blueberry cobbler and cherry pie upfront and toasted oak and spices on the backend. Really nice expression of Petite Sirah. — 13 days ago

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You write wonderful reviews! I can definitely see what the wine would be like. Have a good day!🍷

Schramsberg Vineyards

Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016

Very pleasant but nothing remarkable. — 9 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

The J Schram bottling was great,

Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Zinfandel 2016

A wonderful Zinfandel. Goes great with grilling....had it with Turkey burgers with Mayo, Provolone, and Microgreens (wasabi mustard and beetroot). Very smooths with a dark ruby color and medium body. Slight spice and earthy to the nose. Cherry and earthy to the taste. — 16 days ago

Laura Michael Wines

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Intense flavors of juicy black plums, cassis, dark chocolate, oak, graphite, and black licorice. Well-integrates tannins and enough acidity to keep it from feeling heavy. — 9 days ago

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Clos Pegase

The Portico Petite Sirah

Smooth, jammy Port-style dessert wine. Loaded with blueberries and black cherries. — 13 days ago

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Otra Vez

Estate Bottled Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Well built and getting better with age. Still young—strong tannins, plum, dark cherries, hint of baking spices. Won’t revisit for several more years. — 10 days ago

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Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shima-san for Fracta gave me on October 15. — 3 days ago