Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.134 ratings
9.25 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
Rob B
9.3

Full bodied and a little spice. Loved it!

Full bodied and a little spice. Loved it!

May 24th, 2020
Shengli 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
Ming L
9.2

The deep and effusive nose opens with bright cheery (more red than black), plum, cedar, followed by licorice, light espresso, and hint of lavender and fresh herb. Taste is on the riper and darker side with lightly stewed black fruits, fig, caramel, and touch of smoke. The plush and somewhat port like palate is countered with round but racy acidity.
From magnum. It feels wasteful to drink this cab at such a young age, but who am I to complain!

The deep and effusive nose opens with bright cheery (more red than black), plum, cedar, followed by licorice, light espresso, and hint of lavender and fresh herb. Taste is on the riper and darker side with lightly stewed black fruits, fig, caramel, and touch of smoke. The plush and somewhat port like palate is countered with round but racy acidity.
From magnum. It feels wasteful to drink this cab at such a young age, but who am I to complain!

Jan 7th, 2020
John Crockett

Dark fruit, tannic but still smooth, nice and heavy and fairly fruity bouquet. Smooth finish. 2015 vintage. Delicious!

Dark fruit, tannic but still smooth, nice and heavy and fairly fruity bouquet. Smooth finish. 2015 vintage. Delicious!

Dec 29th, 2019
Charles Mires

Outstanding.

Outstanding.

Aug 19th, 2019
Dave Sobel

From the moment we poured this wine after pulling the cork it was amazingly smooth. Beautiful fruit forward with along satisfying velvety finish. I can’t get enough of this wine. Cheers!!

From the moment we poured this wine after pulling the cork it was amazingly smooth. Beautiful fruit forward with along satisfying velvety finish. I can’t get enough of this wine. Cheers!!

Mar 7th, 2019
Christine Maynard

YUM. anniversary wine for the win. Amazing notes of fruits, particularly black cherry on the nose but blackberry on the mouth. So smooth.

YUM. anniversary wine for the win. Amazing notes of fruits, particularly black cherry on the nose but blackberry on the mouth. So smooth.

Oct 21st, 2018
Jon Tate

Bistro with April.

Bistro with April.

Sep 16th, 2018
Eric

Eric had this a year ago

Eric had this a year ago

Aug 28th, 2019
John Berghoff

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

Aug 7th, 2018