1999 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml

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1999 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

Good bright medium ruby. Aromas of raw cassis, black cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice, cedar and leather. Concentrated, focused and penetrating; tightly wound and quite youthfully unevolved. Best today on the finish, which features substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins and a late burst of dark fruit. From a crop level of just under 1.5 tons an acre, notes Zacherle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (an 8,600-case cuvee made from yields of 1.98 tons of fruit per acre) is considered by Bo Barrett to be a "great" year. The wine boasts a saturated inky/purple color as well as extraordinary density of fruit and cassis, and huge tannin, body, and extract. It is a substantial, palate-staining, long, muscular Cabernet that should only be purchased by connoisseurs with cold cellars as well as patience.

Drink Dates: 2006-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 94

Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and polished, with a tight beam of blackberry and currant fruit that's sharply focused and tightly wound. Turns supple and finishes with a long, lingering, fruit-propelled finish. Excellent structure for aging. 6,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2016
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Jason R
Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Score: 93
Author: Jimmy
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 11/24/2013
Score: 80
Author: craigechols
Tasted On: 03/23/2013
Score: 95
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/28/2012

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Score: 95
Author: Frank K
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/22/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate:

2010 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1991 (750ml)
1986 (750ml)

About This Producer


"This soars out of the ordinary." -TIME, June 7, 1976 (Judgement of Paris, tasting quote)

This quote embodies the dedication to quality and the consistently elegant, classical style Chateau Montelena has embraced since the early days. The current offerings continue to display adherence to that handcrafted heritage. One of the original "blue-chip" estates of Napa, its illustrious history began in 1882 when Alfred L. Tubbs struck a deal to purchase 254 acres of land at the base of Mount St. Helena, two miles north of Calistoga. "Montelena" is a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena.

The present renaissance of this legendary estate began in 1972 under the leadership of James Barrett. It was thrust into the limelight after the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 when its 1973 Chardonnay walked away from stunned French judges with 1st place in the Chardonnay category. The continuing top-ranking results are testimony to the efforts of James' son Beau, who has maintained the quality performance level since 1982.
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