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1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 54555-1987

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Chateau Montelena has made so many sensational Cabernets that it seems almost impossible to believe that their 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate could be even more profound than any of the exceptional wines made previously at this property. The black/purple color, the extraordinary bouquet of rich cassis, violets, and licorice, the massive extraction of flavors, sensational depth, super ripeness, and a length that must last over a minute, suggest to me that this is easily the most concentrated and potentially longest-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that Chateau Montelena has ever made. The extract level is incredible, yet the balance is there. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2025. Much of Chateau Montelena's production goes to restaurants, but this wine clearly belongs in any Cabernet enthusiast's cellar. Bo knows Cabernet, as this is a winemaking tour de force!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Full medium ruby. Very tight, primary aromas of cassis, black licorice, minerals, shoe polish and menthol. Very concentrated, sweet flavor of cassis is still dominated by the wine structure. Finishes with big tannins, a suggestion of lead pencil and grip of steel. This bottle was still seven or eight years short of full maturity. Very impressive wine: not the sexiest cabernet of the tasting but potentially the longest-lived, along with the Dunn Howell Mountain. And even less evolved than a bottle I sampled in my vertical tasting a few years ago at Montelena.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: September/October 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Tight and perhaps even less flashy than usual, it is slow to reveal its complex range of earthy, cedary currant and black cherry.--Chateau Montelena vertical.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Robert S662
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Tusa David
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 1999-2019
    Author: Mark
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drunk with 3 other '87 Cabs. Not at is best any more, but still holding its own.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 70

    Weak and acidic; very little fruit remains; surprisingly disappointing.
    Author: Al Bordeaux
"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

  • 888 bottles owned
  • 206 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 206 collectors)