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1984 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 54555-1984-750-2A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Chateau Montelena's wines possess gorgeous potential when young, and are even better when revisited later. The 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits the forward, jammy, cassis, and other black fruit character of the vintage, marvelously rich, full-bodied, concentrated flavors, high extract, gobs of glycerin, and moderate tannin in the finish. Its virtues - purity, richness, and opulence - along with a firm underpinning of tannin, should serve it well for another 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Impressive for its youthful vitality and complex flavors, it's definitely on the downside, but displays more fruit complexity than most from this vintage. Hints of cedar, currant, sage and dusty berry carry through nicely on the finish, though like most 1984s, it's still quite tannic and likely to be so in the future.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. 11,439 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Very good dark red, not as fresh as the '85. Slightly high-toned aromas of redcurrant, cooked plum and tar; woodsy and burnt notes. Sweet entry, then fairly mature but still fresh flavors of smoke and earth. Opens slowly. Finishes with somewhat rustic tannins and lovely sweetness. Very California cabernet.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Robert S662
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: JJC123
  • Self | Rating: 70

    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: CharlieY
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This vintage has always been one of my favorite vintages from the eighties. This wine has been drinking extremely well since the early nineties but can last for at least another 8 to 10 years.
    Drink Dates: 1990-2012
    Author: Daniel B
"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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 324 bottles owned
  • 103 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 85
    (Out of 103 collectors)