Chateau Montelena

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93
points

Chateau Montelena 2002 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $95

Right now this wine is strutting its stuff, showing dense, fudge-like scents of tobacco, cassis and whiffs of vanilla and coconut and flavors of blackberry with lashings of vanilla and cocoa. But like many vintages of Montelena, expect this one to shut down in another year only to reemerge as a beauty around age 10 or 12. Another classic.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2006)
92
points

Chateau Montelena 2007 The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga)

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  1. $135

Not a wine for drinking now or anytime soon. It’s so hard in tannins, it basically locks down the palate, and the astringency seems to accentuate the acidity and dryness. However, there is a deep core of blackberry essence and, after all, this is Montelena. All indications are that it will be a terrific wine in another 8 or 10 years.

 — S.H.  (2/1/2012)
90
points

Chateau Montelena 2005 The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $135

Quite rich and exotic, with complex, appealing flavors of cocoa puff, mocha, buttered cinnamon toast, blackberry granola and smoky cedar. This richness finishes drily, but the wine is very tannic, giving it a lock-down astringency. Needs time. Best after 2011, and through 2015 or so.

 — S.H.  (3/1/2010)
90
points

Chateau Montelena 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $40

Too young to enjoy now. The tannins and acids are such that they lock the wine down. The fruit tastes sharp and jammy, and the alcohol, even though it isn’t high, sticks out. But it’s all there, including oodles of blackberries, cherries, licorice and spice. Needs time. Give it until 2009.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2006)
90
points

Chateau Montelena 1996 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

  1. $29

Another great, ageworthy Chard from this venerable Napa winery. Balanced, rich and fruity, with all the spicy, creamy complexities you’d expect from pull-out-the-stops winemaking. The ripe sweetness shines through on the palate, made complex with oak and buttery notes.

 — S.H.  (6/1/1999)
87
points

Chateau Montelena 2009 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

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  1. $50

A good, complex wine, although it does show the limitations of so many Napa Valley Chardonnays. The pineapple, pear and oak flavors have an earthy, herbal edge, and the wine lacks some vibrancy. Gets better as it approaches room temperature, so don’t chill it too much.

 — S.H.  (2/1/2012)
87
points

Chateau Montelena 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $49

Starts out fine and impressive, but as this wine breathes a certain imbalance emerges. There’s a green unripeness to the blackberries and cherries, although the wine does exhibit fine tannins and a balanced approach to oak. Drink now.

 — S.H.  (2/1/2012)
87
points

Chateau Montelena 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $49

There’s some bitterness in this young Cab, enough to interfere with the blackberry and cherry-herb fruit. Tastes very dry, with puckery-astringent tannins. It’s quite a good, rich wine, in a rustic way, and should age for some time, but lacks an essential richness.

 — S.H.  (3/1/2010)
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