Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.498 ratings
9.216 pro ratings
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
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
Cameron Parry

Still quite young at 14. Firm tannin, bright fruit, good acid balance.

Still quite young at 14. Firm tannin, bright fruit, good acid balance.

1 person found it helpfulDec 9th, 2018
Joe Boudreau

Everything you would expect from this classic 2004 Napa Cabernet...ruby-purple, black fruit with round edges to its structure.

Everything you would expect from this classic 2004 Napa Cabernet...ruby-purple, black fruit with round edges to its structure.

1 person found it helpfulJul 10th, 2015
Andrew Algren

Sommelier Alinea

9.4

Sitting pretty right now!

Sitting pretty right now!

Aug 15th, 2015
Patty Hsu

Sales Plumpjack, Relic Wines

9.5

blue notes, with a beautiful hint of raspberry, great nose.....annnnnd cantalope!

blue notes, with a beautiful hint of raspberry, great nose.....annnnnd cantalope!

Oct 12th, 2013
Jeremy Autry

Aged well, and paired well with some Tomahawk rib eyes.

Aged well, and paired well with some Tomahawk rib eyes.

Jun 21st, 2020
Skip Smyser

Just BarBQued two great T-Bones and enjoyed with this wonderful wine. I don’t talk about how the wine can enhance the food, nearly enough. We both marveled at how the wine brought the flavors out of the meat. An amazing meal. Bo Barrett and his crew are the best. 15 years old with at least that many years to go!🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

Just BarBQued two great T-Bones and enjoyed with this wonderful wine. I don’t talk about how the wine can enhance the food, nearly enough. We both marveled at how the wine brought the flavors out of the meat. An amazing meal. Bo Barrett and his crew are the best. 15 years old with at least that many years to go!🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

Dec 29th, 2019
Greg V
9.5

Tastes like a barrel aged bourbon

Tastes like a barrel aged bourbon

Dec 23rd, 2018
Mark Flesher

WOW. I think this one has improved from the last 1-2 years that I've tried this wine. Has integrated nicely. Served alongside a 2012 Spoto Wines Cab Sauv Private Reserve, this wine is definitely showing a nice balanced profile of aged fruit on the front, a little pepper on the finish, but JUST now starting to show some black berry and spice and dancing all over the place. Really impressed with this wine. If Shay was here, he would be able to focus down on exactly what was here. But, needless to say this wine continues to evolve and is good to go for another 10 years.

WOW. I think this one has improved from the last 1-2 years that I've tried this wine. Has integrated nicely. Served alongside a 2012 Spoto Wines Cab Sauv Private Reserve, this wine is definitely showing a nice balanced profile of aged fruit on the front, a little pepper on the finish, but JUST now starting to show some black berry and spice and dancing all over the place. Really impressed with this wine. If Shay was here, he would be able to focus down on exactly what was here. But, needless to say this wine continues to evolve and is good to go for another 10 years.

Sep 21st, 2018
Brian E

Bold, big smell on open surprises when followed by smooth even taste. Even without airing, pleasant mouth feel without strong aftertaste. Notes on delicious summer fruit went well with Deep color of the wine.

Bold, big smell on open surprises when followed by smooth even taste. Even without airing, pleasant mouth feel without strong aftertaste. Notes on delicious summer fruit went well with Deep color of the wine.

Jul 7th, 2018