Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.322 ratings
9.28 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Able to taste this next to the ‘98...this is in a better spot now. A very round, soft and plush profile. There are mulberry, soft plum, fig and cherry liqueur aromatics while the palate showed more bayleaf, faint traces of herbs and leather, underripe blackberries and cherries. This actually drank quite youthful. Enjoy now! Thanks
@Will Adams .

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Able to taste this next to the ‘98...this is in a better spot now. A very round, soft and plush profile. There are mulberry, soft plum, fig and cherry liqueur aromatics while the palate showed more bayleaf, faint traces of herbs and leather, underripe blackberries and cherries. This actually drank quite youthful. Enjoy now! Thanks
@Will Adams .

Oct 10th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

Got to take advantage of another Wednesday Wine Committee and boy was it worth it. Wow! Killer wines brought by Glenn for his 60th! As always, wines tasted blind. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine.

This is how I prefer my Montelena's. I don't enjoy them young and honestly, I don't enjoy them at the 10yr mark as much as I do at the 20+yr mark. Great example of Napa cab aged well...most thought left bank Bordeaux. Not a lot of leather or white pepper...plenty of fruit and acidity left here. Tasted like it was MAYBE 10yrs old. 👌

Got to take advantage of another Wednesday Wine Committee and boy was it worth it. Wow! Killer wines brought by Glenn for his 60th! As always, wines tasted blind. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine.

This is how I prefer my Montelena's. I don't enjoy them young and honestly, I don't enjoy them at the 10yr mark as much as I do at the 20+yr mark. Great example of Napa cab aged well...most thought left bank Bordeaux. Not a lot of leather or white pepper...plenty of fruit and acidity left here. Tasted like it was MAYBE 10yrs old. 👌

Jul 12th, 2017
Dave Chambers

Impressive Napa Cab from the era when they could age for more than five years before losing much of their charm.

Christmas dinner, 1992.

Impressive Napa Cab from the era when they could age for more than five years before losing much of their charm.

Christmas dinner, 1992.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2015
Pam Starr

Owner/Winemaker Crocker & Starr Wines

8.7

Beautiful tannins. A bit of the carriage pullers but well integrated

Beautiful tannins. A bit of the carriage pullers but well integrated

Feb 8th, 2015
Brian Donegan

Drinking beautifully out of magnum. Too bad 1 of the 2 mags was corked. :(

Drinking beautifully out of magnum. Too bad 1 of the 2 mags was corked. :(

Jan 12th, 2015
Josh Orr

What a beautiful wine, earthy but with pretty red fruit remaining. From Magnum

What a beautiful wine, earthy but with pretty red fruit remaining. From Magnum

Jan 12th, 2015
Greg Gregory

Succulent. Elegant, ripe fruit with just enough structure to have kept it fresh. Still bright, but acids are disappearing and I'd suggest drinking up in the next few years.

Succulent. Elegant, ripe fruit with just enough structure to have kept it fresh. Still bright, but acids are disappearing and I'd suggest drinking up in the next few years.

Dec 19th, 2014
Diane Kessler

Drinking beautifully with deep cherry fruit and balanced structure.

Drinking beautifully with deep cherry fruit and balanced structure.

Jan 6th, 2019
Lauren

1992

1992

Apr 16th, 2017
Eric Harker

Another über-generous gift and I'm smitten.

Another über-generous gift and I'm smitten.

Jan 9th, 2016