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1998 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

abv 13.0%
  • 93 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 54555-1998-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Balanced, with supple currant, herb and berry flavors that are elegant. Finishes with fine tannins and earthy anise notes that are pleasing. 11,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Cool, decried vintage that's really come round. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. 18-20 months in French oak, 30% new. Winemaker Bo Barrett. Bottled August 2000 and released March 2002. Lifted nose. Pure and polished. Bone dry. Really balsam and racy. Zesty. Almost ballerina-like. Really beautiful now. Very long. Great line.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 3

    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: PJ Haveron
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Kyungju
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2007-2012
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating:

    Big, deep red full berry. Loads of time to drink. Let sit till end of 05
    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Nice earthy and tobacco notes are this wines strength. Well balanced. (from magnum)
    Author: KMS
  • Self | Rating: 92

    probably drinking as good as it will get. seems better than when last opened, ~ 6 months ago.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2011
    Author: Cashew
  • Self | Rating: 88

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2012
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 91

    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.
    Author: Kottabos
"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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1845 bottles owned
  • 334 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 334 collectors)