Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.051 ratings
9.12 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
Cameron Parry

Ripe, lush, good balance. Just starting to come into itself. Still has plenty of time left.

Ripe, lush, good balance. Just starting to come into itself. Still has plenty of time left.

Apr 8th, 2022
Devin Bostick

Raspberry, sorrel, musty boysenberry, magenta, body is smooth, sweet, raspberry, strawberry, thick, acid and tannins are balanced and hidden but still very much there

Raspberry, sorrel, musty boysenberry, magenta, body is smooth, sweet, raspberry, strawberry, thick, acid and tannins are balanced and hidden but still very much there

Dec 27th, 2020
John W
9.2

Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, forest floor, anise, currant, earthy, spice. On the palate, currant, anise, cocoa powder. Soft cocoa powder finish.

Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, forest floor, anise, currant, earthy, spice. On the palate, currant, anise, cocoa powder. Soft cocoa powder finish.

Dec 28th, 2019
Victor Hsu

What a difference an hour for in the decanter makes! Had this wine, same vintage, just eight months ago and wasn’t completely pleased—was too tannic, acidic and unbalanced. Now, on the Fourth of July 2019, it was sublime after decanting. Smooth tannins, nice fruit and perfume, complex mineral and cocoa notes; all in all, just a great red to pair with prime NY steak on Independence Day. God bless America!

What a difference an hour for in the decanter makes! Had this wine, same vintage, just eight months ago and wasn’t completely pleased—was too tannic, acidic and unbalanced. Now, on the Fourth of July 2019, it was sublime after decanting. Smooth tannins, nice fruit and perfume, complex mineral and cocoa notes; all in all, just a great red to pair with prime NY steak on Independence Day. God bless America!

Jul 5th, 2019
Lisa Neal

This wine is okay. Probably better with food.

This wine is okay. Probably better with food.

Jun 23rd, 2019
Leslie Roshto

Smooth, silky and the perfect amount of spice. Dark berries, black pepper and licorice. Delicious.

Smooth, silky and the perfect amount of spice. Dark berries, black pepper and licorice. Delicious.

Apr 7th, 2019
Paul K
9.1

@Sharon B said it’s national drink wine day so today’s obligatory bottle is a brand new one recommended by my buddy @ LWS.
It’s good. A bit lighter than I would have thought. Nose is cherries, floral, and herbal.
A little bit less than medium body. Strawberries, red currant, and green. I’m thinking I showed up to the party 5 years too early. Will come back later!

@Sharon B said it’s national drink wine day so today’s obligatory bottle is a brand new one recommended by my buddy @ LWS.
It’s good. A bit lighter than I would have thought. Nose is cherries, floral, and herbal.
A little bit less than medium body. Strawberries, red currant, and green. I’m thinking I showed up to the party 5 years too early. Will come back later!

Feb 19th, 2019
Teri LaFerney

Not tasty enough to justify the expense.

Not tasty enough to justify the expense.

Jan 28th, 2019
Jason McLaren

Decent medium cab. Overpriced like all their wines. Not a big fan of this winery

Decent medium cab. Overpriced like all their wines. Not a big fan of this winery

Jan 26th, 2019
Brandon T

Don’t drink this enough. Fruit forward cab on the front and a bit dry after it was open for 30. Solid!

Don’t drink this enough. Fruit forward cab on the front and a bit dry after it was open for 30. Solid!

Jan 23rd, 2019