Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.253 ratings
9.113 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
Craig Haarmeyer

This bottle seemed a little tired but still delicious

This bottle seemed a little tired but still delicious

Jan 29th, 2016
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

Great stuff. Little VA, earthy with dark fruits. Now is a good drinking window.

Great stuff. Little VA, earthy with dark fruits. Now is a good drinking window.

May 17th, 2015
Gordon Walker

Oaky like crazy, mild spice, tons of lucious black fruit, chewy, little herbaceous

Oaky like crazy, mild spice, tons of lucious black fruit, chewy, little herbaceous

Aug 8th, 2014
Jake Lindley

Wow. With a rare fillet at Uliveto...

Wow. With a rare fillet at Uliveto...

Nov 4th, 2013
Mark Flesher

It was between this and the 1987 Spottswoode. Glad I chose this one. This is a black fruit dominated wine that actually had a rather sweet nose even after 2 hours of popping the cork. There is still so much youth here, but the middle shows an extremely mature integration that only time I can give these wines. Some herbs showing here in the middle. Super impressed, and this one is drinking extremely well. It is not showing the aged black fruit profile that lots of wines of this year are starting to show. If served blind, I would have guessed this was a 2005. Finishes soft, with excellent tanic integration. I still think this bottle would appreciate over the next couple of years, and then it will be at peak for who-knows-how-long. Wow.

It was between this and the 1987 Spottswoode. Glad I chose this one. This is a black fruit dominated wine that actually had a rather sweet nose even after 2 hours of popping the cork. There is still so much youth here, but the middle shows an extremely mature integration that only time I can give these wines. Some herbs showing here in the middle. Super impressed, and this one is drinking extremely well. It is not showing the aged black fruit profile that lots of wines of this year are starting to show. If served blind, I would have guessed this was a 2005. Finishes soft, with excellent tanic integration. I still think this bottle would appreciate over the next couple of years, and then it will be at peak for who-knows-how-long. Wow.

Feb 9th, 2019
Scott Rose

1996 vintage

1996 vintage

May 21st, 2018
Mike Ancuta

Great bottle, still has life, tastes like an older wine, fun to try

Great bottle, still has life, tastes like an older wine, fun to try

Apr 3rd, 2016
Adriana Fabbro

Heavy on the acid for a California wine. Could maybe wait a couple more years.

Heavy on the acid for a California wine. Could maybe wait a couple more years.

Sep 14th, 2015
Daniel Watt

Drank it on a beach

Drank it on a beach

Jun 22nd, 2015
Jason Chang

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

9.0

Fight Night - '96 Montelena

Fight Night - '96 Montelena

May 2nd, 2015