Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.0250 ratings
9.016 pro ratings
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.0

Lighter bodied, restrained style, but a bit foursquare. Could use several more years.

Lighter bodied, restrained style, but a bit foursquare. Could use several more years.

Jul 5th, 2018
James K

Good fruit, but lighter bodied than expected. Smooth, but short finish.

Good fruit, but lighter bodied than expected. Smooth, but short finish.

3 people found it helpfulJan 30th, 2016
Ryan W
6.1

If you are expecting a big California cab, you will be disappointed. This is more like a pinot. Extremely light, a little fruity or sweet. For $40, really disappointing. Love Bottleshock btw.

If you are expecting a big California cab, you will be disappointed. This is more like a pinot. Extremely light, a little fruity or sweet. For $40, really disappointing. Love Bottleshock btw.

2 people found it helpfulSep 6th, 2015
Johan Larsson

Owner/Sommelier tapasbar

9.0

Snygg och silkig elegantare än jag förväntade mig. I bra drickfas med potential för längre lagring.

Snygg och silkig elegantare än jag förväntade mig. I bra drickfas med potential för längre lagring.

1 person found it helpfulNov 24th, 2018
Zachary Price

A surprised and welcomed pour from a close friend. Chateau Montelena was the first Napa winery I ever visited back in 2014, located up in Calistoga at the north end of Napa Valley. Montelena, along with Chalone, have been immortalized by their involvement in the 1975 Judgement of Paris, effectively opening the world's eyes up to California wine. Great estate, great wines, period. ~$55 | #chateaumontelena #cabernetsauvignon #calistoga

On the eyes: Clear, deep purplish garnet, med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.

On the nose: Plum, black currents, floral and slightly herbaceous, pressed meats, slate, med alcohol.

On the tongue: med alcohol, med acid, med tannins that are still stiff. Juicy and round, violets, plums, dark unripe berries, a bit earthy and clean finish. Drinks like any fine Bordeaux, but could use a few more years to open up those tannins.

A surprised and welcomed pour from a close friend. Chateau Montelena was the first Napa winery I ever visited back in 2014, located up in Calistoga at the north end of Napa Valley. Montelena, along with Chalone, have been immortalized by their involvement in the 1975 Judgement of Paris, effectively opening the world's eyes up to California wine. Great estate, great wines, period. ~$55 | #chateaumontelena #cabernetsauvignon #calistoga

On the eyes: Clear, deep purplish garnet, med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.

On the nose: Plum, black currents, floral and slightly herbaceous, pressed meats, slate, med alcohol.

On the tongue: med alcohol, med acid, med tannins that are still stiff. Juicy and round, violets, plums, dark unripe berries, a bit earthy and clean finish. Drinks like any fine Bordeaux, but could use a few more years to open up those tannins.

1 person found it helpfulJun 9th, 2016
Cory Fierro

This just smells well made. Initial nose indicates oak aging (smells like money) with some sweet bell pepper, red and black plum, boysenberry, raspberry, red flowers. After half an hour of air it's a beautifully smooth wine with soft tannins, balanced acidity and a great long finish.

This just smells well made. Initial nose indicates oak aging (smells like money) with some sweet bell pepper, red and black plum, boysenberry, raspberry, red flowers. After half an hour of air it's a beautifully smooth wine with soft tannins, balanced acidity and a great long finish.

1 person found it helpfulMar 3rd, 2016
Brianna Matz

Needs a little more time. Delicious, crisp, early berries. With time, should soften and give more brilliance to the finish

Needs a little more time. Delicious, crisp, early berries. With time, should soften and give more brilliance to the finish

1 person found it helpfulJan 24th, 2016
Eric Urbani

Once decanted opens up, but I would wait another 3 -5years for the 2012 vintage to be truly ready.

Once decanted opens up, but I would wait another 3 -5years for the 2012 vintage to be truly ready.

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2015
Mac McWhinnie

Very drinkable right now.

Very drinkable right now.

Aug 29th, 2015
Thibaut Marquis

Region Manager East, CRU Selections Terlato Wines International

9.1

Very good Napa Cab. Not too big. Some light oaky notes. Long finish.

Very good Napa Cab. Not too big. Some light oaky notes. Long finish.

Jun 18th, 2015