Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1157 ratings
9.19 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
Eric Bass

A bit tight on the open. Slightly blue. Opened up a bit after an hour. Wine can only be as enjoyable as the company you keep while drinking it. True?

A bit tight on the open. Slightly blue. Opened up a bit after an hour. Wine can only be as enjoyable as the company you keep while drinking it. True?

Aug 5th, 2017
Rob Brobst III

I think it needs more time to sit. Like maybe another decade?

I think it needs more time to sit. Like maybe another decade?

May 15th, 2017
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.0

Far too young and extremely tight, but nice potential.

Far too young and extremely tight, but nice potential.

Feb 24th, 2017
George Chen

Fine balanced effort. Not too oaky and saturated like past efforts.

Fine balanced effort. Not too oaky and saturated like past efforts.

Feb 10th, 2017
Boris Mathiszik

Delicious. Well structured and smooth. Beautiful long finish. A classic cab. More subtle than most Napa cabs, kind of old world.

Delicious. Well structured and smooth. Beautiful long finish. A classic cab. More subtle than most Napa cabs, kind of old world.

Nov 27th, 2016
Mike R
9.2

Absolutely fantastic wine - second bottle at murphys in Minneapolis - big smiles

Absolutely fantastic wine - second bottle at murphys in Minneapolis - big smiles

Nov 3rd, 2016
Mike Steffel

Too early to open, but we did. Enjoyed it after some decanting.

Too early to open, but we did. Enjoyed it after some decanting.

Sep 3rd, 2016
Gregory Fulchiero

Calistoga cab

Calistoga cab

May 14th, 2016
Ming Liang

It took more than 2 hours to open up properly, but once there, it was smooth sailing. Concentrated but in a restrained way. Black and blue fruits followed by cedar, smoke, a bit fresh mushroom, and subtle vanilla. Palate is soft yet with plenty of backbone. Long lingering spicy finish.

My first Cab from Calistoga AVA. And it seems that Montelena replaces this cuvée with a Napa Cab in the current release.

It took more than 2 hours to open up properly, but once there, it was smooth sailing. Concentrated but in a restrained way. Black and blue fruits followed by cedar, smoke, a bit fresh mushroom, and subtle vanilla. Palate is soft yet with plenty of backbone. Long lingering spicy finish.

My first Cab from Calistoga AVA. And it seems that Montelena replaces this cuvée with a Napa Cab in the current release.

Nov 25th, 2018
Andrew G

Powerful Left Bank style Bordeaux blend from Napa. Deep, concentrated and luxurious. Very special wine. 94+

Powerful Left Bank style Bordeaux blend from Napa. Deep, concentrated and luxurious. Very special wine. 94+

Aug 23rd, 2018