Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.149 ratings
9.02 pro ratings
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
David From The 504

Always a go to

Always a go to

1 person found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2017
Shay A
9.0

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
Laura Purdy

It’s snowing for the 20th day in a row. I needed a big, tasty Cab.

It’s snowing for the 20th day in a row. I needed a big, tasty Cab.

Dec 7th, 2018
Lindsay Murray

Pebble Beach Dinner

Pebble Beach Dinner

Jul 1st, 2018
Eric Shanks

Spicy black cherries. Tannins way grainy but to be expected at this age I guess. Drinking much better than expected. Would likely rate higher in a few years.

Spicy black cherries. Tannins way grainy but to be expected at this age I guess. Drinking much better than expected. Would likely rate higher in a few years.

May 8th, 2018
Jim White

Superb bottle with a low cost basis....drink away!

Superb bottle with a low cost basis....drink away!

Apr 29th, 2018
Curtis Anders

Takes awhile to open up but fantastic when it does. Red fruit and cedar. Light body for a cab but really well rounded.

Takes awhile to open up but fantastic when it does. Red fruit and cedar. Light body for a cab but really well rounded.

Apr 19th, 2018
Anthony Schmidt

Nice big, bold, dark cab. Good fruit with lighter than expected, but nice, finish.

Nice big, bold, dark cab. Good fruit with lighter than expected, but nice, finish.

Mar 3rd, 2018