Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.21774 ratings
9.1351 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
Jay Eagan

The nose is dark fruit and a barrel room!

The nose is dark fruit and a barrel room!

Feb 5th, 2020
Matt Nason

Anise, with cocoa nibs and black cherries, drinking like a gem, beautiful soft elegant finish.

Anise, with cocoa nibs and black cherries, drinking like a gem, beautiful soft elegant finish.

Dec 27th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

More dessert. Very good but, just not as good as the 96 we had last Christmas or the one before.

Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🤶🎁❄️⛄️ 🦌

More dessert. Very good but, just not as good as the 96 we had last Christmas or the one before.

Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🤶🎁❄️⛄️ 🦌

Dec 25th, 2019
John Willison

Cherry liquor, cocoa, leathery, dark fruit tannins, sweet berry finish.

Cherry liquor, cocoa, leathery, dark fruit tannins, sweet berry finish.

Dec 23rd, 2019
Jay Kline

Last night, a buddy of mine who’s a Disabled Veteran and Registered Architect, announced that he was assuming control of a SDVOSB Architecture firm. He had spent the better part of a year of trying to reach a purchase agreement. So it was an evening of celebration. He’s been a Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars fan for some time and he planned to pull the cork on a few bottles. We had a couple of rando bottles too but all were California Cabernet Sauvignon. The fourth bottle and the second of the two rando bottles. This was actually one of the better 2011 wines I’ve had from Napa. I thought it was not only an accurate representation of a cool and wet vintage, it was quite a delicious example of one and still has years to go.

Last night, a buddy of mine who’s a Disabled Veteran and Registered Architect, announced that he was assuming control of a SDVOSB Architecture firm. He had spent the better part of a year of trying to reach a purchase agreement. So it was an evening of celebration. He’s been a Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars fan for some time and he planned to pull the cork on a few bottles. We had a couple of rando bottles too but all were California Cabernet Sauvignon. The fourth bottle and the second of the two rando bottles. This was actually one of the better 2011 wines I’ve had from Napa. I thought it was not only an accurate representation of a cool and wet vintage, it was quite a delicious example of one and still has years to go.

Oct 28th, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

Outstanding Napa cabernet from Calistoga. This was enjoyed in magnum with Tri Tip Steak. It is hard to believe this wine is approaching 28 years of age. There are still good amounts of fruit and tannin. Very well balanced and a perfect pairing with Tri Tip. Decanted for 1 hour. Just a mind blowing wine. Could hold for a little longer but I don’t see how it could get better than this. Enjoyable now but no immediate rush.

Outstanding Napa cabernet from Calistoga. This was enjoyed in magnum with Tri Tip Steak. It is hard to believe this wine is approaching 28 years of age. There are still good amounts of fruit and tannin. Very well balanced and a perfect pairing with Tri Tip. Decanted for 1 hour. Just a mind blowing wine. Could hold for a little longer but I don’t see how it could get better than this. Enjoyable now but no immediate rush.

Sep 23rd, 2019
Mike Saviage

Tawny red with nice deep core. Great aged Cal Cab nose. Notes of plums, mocha, black fruit, a little wood and some dry earth. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Round with dusty tannins. Liked this.

Tawny red with nice deep core. Great aged Cal Cab nose. Notes of plums, mocha, black fruit, a little wood and some dry earth. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Round with dusty tannins. Liked this.

Sep 16th, 2019
Matt Trader

A little tired, but good example of mature napa cabernet. It's made in a Bordeaux style, but a little VA going on in the wine. Baked strawberries and rhubarb all day.


Had it as a side by side with the 2014 current release, which I didnt rate..it was incredibly hot (alcohol), and loads of green bell pepper. Pretty tight, and I'm sure it'll develope, but the price is a little tough..

None the less, great stop, beautiful property and historic for that matter, and a very knowledgable staff.

A little tired, but good example of mature napa cabernet. It's made in a Bordeaux style, but a little VA going on in the wine. Baked strawberries and rhubarb all day.


Had it as a side by side with the 2014 current release, which I didnt rate..it was incredibly hot (alcohol), and loads of green bell pepper. Pretty tight, and I'm sure it'll develope, but the price is a little tough..

None the less, great stop, beautiful property and historic for that matter, and a very knowledgable staff.

Oct 12th, 2018
Meredith Hu

Ripe plum, dark berries, and cassis. Zero pyrazene, rather, wild flowers. Smoky on the palate. Soft integrated tannins, elevated acidity, and full body. 91% Cab, 8% Merlot, the rest Cab Franc.

Ripe plum, dark berries, and cassis. Zero pyrazene, rather, wild flowers. Smoky on the palate. Soft integrated tannins, elevated acidity, and full body. 91% Cab, 8% Merlot, the rest Cab Franc.

Aug 30th, 2018
Cameron Parry

Bright and fresh. Still very young.

Bright and fresh. Still very young.

May 13th, 2018