Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3103 ratings
9.018 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
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

Mike Mighetto had this 6 years ago

Mike Mighetto had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 5th, 2014
Matt Schwartz

Classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. A great example of what California can produce.

Classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. A great example of what California can produce.

Jan 5th, 2015
Austin Baird

Wow! So smooth, so rich, so delightful! Dry, yet delicate on the palate! Wonderful dark cherry notes.

Wow! So smooth, so rich, so delightful! Dry, yet delicate on the palate! Wonderful dark cherry notes.

Dec 21st, 2014
Kelsey Nelson

Traded some Schramsberg for this baby. Slam dunk cab!

Traded some Schramsberg for this baby. Slam dunk cab!

Sep 16th, 2014
Ram Majlessi

Very disappointing wine for the price. Have loved this wine in the past, 09 should be a good year. Decanted up to 3 hrs, tried some each hr. Too light, lacked backbone and structure. No way should this wine cost as much as it did. Not a terrible wine but no wow factor at all. Not corked or off, winery off its game 88 pts at best maybe even less.

Very disappointing wine for the price. Have loved this wine in the past, 09 should be a good year. Decanted up to 3 hrs, tried some each hr. Too light, lacked backbone and structure. No way should this wine cost as much as it did. Not a terrible wine but no wow factor at all. Not corked or off, winery off its game 88 pts at best maybe even less.

Jul 18th, 2014
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.6

I liked some of the other vintages more but this still drank surprisingly well. Either, it had a the perfect amount of age or it was meant to drink early because the tannins were approachable and firm, balanced perfect against the fruit. Sort of a spicy finish with some slight herbaceous notes behind the raspberry and black current. Not as complex as I would have hoped, but man, it went down easy.

I liked some of the other vintages more but this still drank surprisingly well. Either, it had a the perfect amount of age or it was meant to drink early because the tannins were approachable and firm, balanced perfect against the fruit. Sort of a spicy finish with some slight herbaceous notes behind the raspberry and black current. Not as complex as I would have hoped, but man, it went down easy.

Mar 17th, 2014
Karina Welch

Well, you know...

Well, you know...

Dec 15th, 2013
Diego Del Pino

Old world style. Fantastic.

Old world style. Fantastic.

Oct 15th, 2013
R. Addison Wehrfritz

Strong ethyl acetate (EtAc) aka 'nail polish remover' aroma upon opening. Update: After breathing for an hour, EtAc aroma seemed to blow off but the wine remained moderately reduced. Is EtAc a stylistic characteristic of Montelena Estate or simply a wine fault?

Strong ethyl acetate (EtAc) aka 'nail polish remover' aroma upon opening. Update: After breathing for an hour, EtAc aroma seemed to blow off but the wine remained moderately reduced. Is EtAc a stylistic characteristic of Montelena Estate or simply a wine fault?

Apr 21st, 2015
Brit Schneiders

First cab are Charlie and Joyce's

First cab are Charlie and Joyce's

Feb 3rd, 2019