2006 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml

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2006 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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International Wine Cellar | 92

Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, cassis and boysenberry aromas complemented by licorice, violet, menthol and bitter chocolate. Juicy, intensely flavored and quite fresh but a bit youthfully disjointed, with a firm tannin/acid spine supporting the crushed dark berry and menthol flavors. The wine's substantial tannins will need time to knit, but this wine retains good aromatic freshness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 92

Revealing sweeter tannin and a softer, riper, fuller-bodied style, the 2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a beautiful, classic wine with loads of berry fruit, an earthy character, and a spicy, pure, rich finish. The silkiness of the tannins suggests this 2006 will be drinkable in several years. It is another candidate for nearly two decades of aging.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Score: 95
Author: Monty94
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2012
Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.

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Score: 92
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/03/2011
Drink Dates: 2018-2030
Way too young, approachable on day 2. The goods are there but wait 10 years.

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Score: 84
Author: nycebo
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/08/2010
Not loved as much as expected. While it was populated with a fruit forward taste of strawberry and dark cherry, it lacked a balanced acidity and complexity from the region. Indeed, it almost tasted a little sweet. Tannins were soft and nuanced with a medium length finish.

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Author: nedbrines
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/26/2010
coming 4/10

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

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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