1998 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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1998 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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International Wine Cellar | 89

Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate, menthol, loam and tarry oak on the nose. Fat and full for the vintage but rather unforthcoming today. Much deeper than the Calistoga Cuvee. This will be a supple '98 with several years of bottle aging. Finishes with moderate length and ripe tannins. "Ten years ago, when we were doing extended maceration and using a harsher destemmer, these tannins would have been tough and green," notes Barrett. "But then that the advantage of being a grizzled veteran."

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 93

The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (13,000 cases) will disprove all the naysayers about how bad the vintage was in the North Coast. It possesses an opaque ruby/purple color, a gorgeous perfume of loamy soil, new saddle leather, chocolate, and black cherry and black currant fruit, full body, and ripe tannin in the finish. As it sits in the glass, notes of cedar and spice box also emerge. Although more evolved than most Montelena Cabernets are at age 4, there is no doubting that it will still provide considerable pleasure at age 15 or 16. Kudos to the Barretts for producing this impressive 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the vintage's few stars. The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of California's most remarkable Cabernets. I have been following it since the early seventies, and even the most difficult vintages are still drinking beautifully. The home vineyard is so consistent that even in vintages such as 1989 and 1998, this wine is far better than its competition.

Drink Dates: 2002-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Score: 92
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 06/06/2014
Nice smooth wine. Starting to show its age. Drink soon.
Score: 94
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/22/2014
Great Qpr fully mature
Score: 80
Author: craigechols
Tasted On: 12/09/2013
Score: 91
Author: Kottabos
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/01/2012
This dark ruby Cabernet Sauvignon offered pleasant aromas of black fruit, fennel, mint-chocolate, and soil on the nose. The palate displayed elegant cassis fruit as well as hints of milk chocolate and anise. Drink now.
Score: 88
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/31/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Slightly past its prime but an enjoyable drinking experience. Showed such secondary and tertiary flavors as violets, milk chocolate, dried orange peel and iron. Big bouquet, but the midpalate is rather hollow and the finish short (about five seconds). This is fully mature - drink now through 2012.
More Vintages and Sizes of Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate:

2010 (750ml)
2006 (1.5L)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1999 (1.5L)
1999 (750ml)

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