Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1614 ratings
9.062 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.0

Roasted fruit and lovely leather

Roasted fruit and lovely leather

Nov 3rd, 2017
Maxwell Burns

Hospitality Kenwood Vineyards, Winemaker GARA

9.2

It's like everything you'd think but darker, and leaner on the finish with a hint of funky earth.

It's like everything you'd think but darker, and leaner on the finish with a hint of funky earth.

Jul 26th, 2017
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
David From The 504

Always a go to

Always a go to

1 person found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2017
Shay Aldriedge

Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time. 👌

This was enjoyed at the end of the night just to see how we were tasting in comparison to all of the non-cabs we had been trying. Montelena's cabs are a nod to old school as they aren't as heavy and full bodied as most Napa Cabs. Needs a lot of air time to be drinkable. Cedar, strawberries, herbs, and a tannic backbone that will go for years. Great ending, Will!

Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time. 👌

This was enjoyed at the end of the night just to see how we were tasting in comparison to all of the non-cabs we had been trying. Montelena's cabs are a nod to old school as they aren't as heavy and full bodied as most Napa Cabs. Needs a lot of air time to be drinkable. Cedar, strawberries, herbs, and a tannic backbone that will go for years. Great ending, Will!

1 person found it helpfulJun 14th, 2017
Xavier Valero

Very tight. After an hour showing some fruit but not yet open. Just a baby. Nice. Better after 5yrs.

Very tight. After an hour showing some fruit but not yet open. Just a baby. Nice. Better after 5yrs.

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2017
"Odedi"

This Friday, my Cabernet fix is from the very famous Château Montelena.

Dark ruby in color and cloudy with a wide purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, sweet raspberries, bell peppers, earth, sage, peppermint, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

A very enjoyable Napa Cabernet. Soft and smooth, with nice complexity and balance. Still young and needs at least 3 years to blossom, however it is very approachable now.

Delivers nice acidity, to make the finish interesting. Already shows a smooth mouthfeel at this young age.

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

This Friday, my Cabernet fix is from the very famous Château Montelena.

Dark ruby in color and cloudy with a wide purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, sweet raspberries, bell peppers, earth, sage, peppermint, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

A very enjoyable Napa Cabernet. Soft and smooth, with nice complexity and balance. Still young and needs at least 3 years to blossom, however it is very approachable now.

Delivers nice acidity, to make the finish interesting. Already shows a smooth mouthfeel at this young age.

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

1 person found it helpfulApr 21st, 2017
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
Garrett Smith

Sommelier Restaurant DANIEL

8.8

First year of estate wine. Needed time to open. Rough vintage, but has held up well

First year of estate wine. Needed time to open. Rough vintage, but has held up well

1 person found it helpfulNov 5th, 2014
Jack Goldenberg

I loved the fruit, ten years on! I wish I had a case as opposed to having just consumed my only bottle

I loved the fruit, ten years on! I wish I had a case as opposed to having just consumed my only bottle

Apr 8th, 2017