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1997 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml
1997 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Good deep medium ruby. Very complex nose combines cassis, black cherry, plum, smoked meat, dark chocolate, Cuban tobacco and a hint of menthol. Youthfully unevolved and primary yet broad and pliant; offers impressive texture and stuffing for a young Montelena cabernet. Superripe hints of smoked meat and leather. Finishes with very lush tannins and strong dark berry flavor. The pH here is higher than average, an indication of the thorough ripeness of the vintage. The yield in this generous year was a reasonable 3.1 tons per acre, which Barrett described as huge. Still, this appears to be an outstanding vintage for this classic Napa cabernet.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 132

There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, and earth notes. This brilliantly made, super-concentrated, pure, blockbuster possesses sweet tannin as well as a terrific finish. Having added additional weight since last year, this sumptuous, multilayered, profoundly concentrated Cabernet contains 14% alcohol. It is a candidate for 25-30 years of longevity.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

This California Cab serves up lots of ripe, supple black cherry, currant and plum-laced flavors, as well as pretty touches of earth, anise and mineral. Turns smooth and supple, finishing with polished tannins. 11,700 cases made.

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Community Reviews

94

gotwine Trust Rating: 86 Tasted On: 07/06/2013

91

Johnnymd Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 11/08/2012

Still holding up well. Nice bottle with little brett.

Peter B Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 07/25/2012 Drink Dates:

Excellent...drinking but has 5+ yrs

96

RDV Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 06/10/2012

95

Conrad K Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 04/20/2012 Drink Dates: 2007-2020

Surprisingly youthful. Blueberry and cassis on the nose and palate. Medium bodied, balanced and nice finish. This is the answer to critics of the 1997 California Cabernet Vintage.

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