Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.512 ratings
9.45 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Bill Bender

The ‘91 Montelena has a very special place in my heart, as many of you may know from the post I made here a few years back about my Mom. That emotional component aside, this is just an extraordinary example of classic Cabernet. A deep core of warm dark fruit, a silky smooth mouthfeel and a lingering, elegant finish of impressive length. Such a special thought provoking wine.

The ‘91 Montelena has a very special place in my heart, as many of you may know from the post I made here a few years back about my Mom. That emotional component aside, this is just an extraordinary example of classic Cabernet. A deep core of warm dark fruit, a silky smooth mouthfeel and a lingering, elegant finish of impressive length. Such a special thought provoking wine.

Dec 16th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Still purple, dark and opaque. Intense, fruit forward nose. Notes of black currant, earth, leather and a little bell pepper. Fruit and softened tannins in a nice balance. Long finish. In a nice place, not sure this will get much better from here.

Still purple, dark and opaque. Intense, fruit forward nose. Notes of black currant, earth, leather and a little bell pepper. Fruit and softened tannins in a nice balance. Long finish. In a nice place, not sure this will get much better from here.

Mar 24th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Murky brownish red. Amazing nose. Notes of cedar wood box, tobacco leaf, saddle leather and dark fruit. In the mouth mocha and coffee comes on with a nice sweetness. Great finish. This is everything you want in an aged cab. At peak.

Murky brownish red. Amazing nose. Notes of cedar wood box, tobacco leaf, saddle leather and dark fruit. In the mouth mocha and coffee comes on with a nice sweetness. Great finish. This is everything you want in an aged cab. At peak.

Dec 14th, 2017
Gil Bauer

Almost Bordeaux but the sweet fruit mid palate brings it back to California. Showing really well.

Almost Bordeaux but the sweet fruit mid palate brings it back to California. Showing really well.

Mar 22nd, 2017
Michael Meyer

Finest Cab on a night of great Winter Reds. Truly an embarrassment of riches. Many thanks @Bill Bender

Finest Cab on a night of great Winter Reds. Truly an embarrassment of riches. Many thanks @Bill Bender

Dec 16th, 2018
Pooneet Kant

An absolutely beautiful wine. Perfectly classic. Amazing supple fruit with lots of refinement and great acidity. Just a gorgeous wine, would never have guessed it’s almost 30 years. Wow.

An absolutely beautiful wine. Perfectly classic. Amazing supple fruit with lots of refinement and great acidity. Just a gorgeous wine, would never have guessed it’s almost 30 years. Wow.

Dec 1st, 2018
Sylvain Rhainds

1991. Quel beau nez et sublime texture en bouche.

1991. Quel beau nez et sublime texture en bouche.

Aug 3rd, 2018
Ryo Hayashi

このヴィンテージだとブランデー化してなくて、モンテリーナのいい所を多分に堪能できる!

このヴィンテージだとブランデー化してなくて、モンテリーナのいい所を多分に堪能できる!

Jun 8th, 2018
B
10

Magnum 1991 Chateau Montelena CS. Dinner at Fstead. Drank before the 1997 Harlan out of magnum.

Magnum 1991 Chateau Montelena CS. Dinner at Fstead. Drank before the 1997 Harlan out of magnum.

Feb 20th, 2017
B
10

1991 Chateau Montelena Estate Cab. Big group holiday dinner hosted by A&V M at Sp private room. End of the night wine with the core group. Solid. Just super pleasant to drink- lots of fruit, but not overly sweet and balanced with mineral notes as well; long finish. Loved it.

1991 Chateau Montelena Estate Cab. Big group holiday dinner hosted by A&V M at Sp private room. End of the night wine with the core group. Solid. Just super pleasant to drink- lots of fruit, but not overly sweet and balanced with mineral notes as well; long finish. Loved it.

Dec 12th, 2016