Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.21527 ratings
9.1308 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
Matt Trader, TWP

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
Andrew Wesson

Beauty.

Beauty.

Dec 26th, 2017
Remi Barrett

OMGGG one of my all time fave vintages!! Ridiculously amazing!!!!!! What a treat

OMGGG one of my all time fave vintages!! Ridiculously amazing!!!!!! What a treat

5 people found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2014
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

A vintage to hold. It might fool you for a first growth Bordeaux

A vintage to hold. It might fool you for a first growth Bordeaux

2 people found it helpfulApr 11th, 2015
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

2011. This is a vintage that separates the boys from men. Hold this vintage! This wine will be on fire down the road.

2011. This is a vintage that separates the boys from men. Hold this vintage! This wine will be on fire down the road.

2 people found it helpfulMar 30th, 2015