Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.21743 ratings
9.1344 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 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
Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Had the ‘92 not been alongside it, this may have stolen the show, but it seems to be much more tightly wound. Mainly strutting notes of red plum, cherry tart and rhubarb on the nose. Slightly St Estephe like on the palate currently with cherry swisher sweets, blackberries drizzled over bayleaf and herbs. Quite tannic. Hold or decant for a few hours if enjoying now. Thanks
@Bill Makens .

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Had the ‘92 not been alongside it, this may have stolen the show, but it seems to be much more tightly wound. Mainly strutting notes of red plum, cherry tart and rhubarb on the nose. Slightly St Estephe like on the palate currently with cherry swisher sweets, blackberries drizzled over bayleaf and herbs. Quite tannic. Hold or decant for a few hours if enjoying now. Thanks
@Bill Makens .

Oct 10th, 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
Dave Hendrickson

Aromatically delightful, balanced, nuanced, classic vintage - this will show for years to come

Aromatically delightful, balanced, nuanced, classic vintage - this will show for years to come

Mar 26th, 2018
Mike R
9.4

Found this gem and wow so glad - full of everything - so rich - big bold and beautiful - real smiles

Found this gem and wow so glad - full of everything - so rich - big bold and beautiful - real smiles

Mar 17th, 2018
Sean Genn

Holding up well but not as good as some of the bottles I've had of 97 in the past. Drink em if you got em

Holding up well but not as good as some of the bottles I've had of 97 in the past. Drink em if you got em

Jan 21st, 2018