Wine Spectator | Rating: 69Hard-edged dill and cedary oak precede this green, lean, herbal wine with gritty, chalky tannins.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91Montelena's backward, elegant, complex 2001 Estate reveals a dense ruby/purple color along with foresty, earthy notes intermixed with black currant characteristics as well as sweet tannin. Always a less ripe outlier (although it contains 14% natural alcohol), it will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for at least 20 more years based on the extraordinary longevity Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons possess.Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Saturated, deep ruby-red. Quintessential cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, black olive, mint and earth, sweetened by some roasted oak tones. Dense, supple and seamless; much more concentrated than the basic Napa Valley bottling but also more pliant from the outset, even if it will need a good six to eight years of cellaring. Old-style, classic Napa cabernet with a powerful, building finish.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Self | Rating: 95Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Chris Ahearn
Self | Rating: 4Author: Brenda
Self | Rating: 90Author: petesf
Self | Rating: 92Author: Astro
Self | Rating: 92Author: Jimmy
Self | Rating: 93Author: Scooter
Self | Rating: 93Author: Tusa David
Self | Rating: 98Author: Husker74
Self | Rating: 92Drink Dates: 2014-2025Author: Jito72
Self | Rating: 9214.1% alcohol Aromas: Robust fruit, supple black currant and toffee Palate: Firm, ripe black stone fruits and rich red and purple berries Impression; Very youthful with plenty of gripAuthor: dougwilder
Self | Rating: 92A hugely disappointing wine. Tasted six times with inconsistent results. Some bottles were slightly corked with muted fruit while others were just middling efforts. One bottle was so dirty it was undrinkable and then just when I was ready to give up the sixth bottle tasted like a young Chateau Montelena from a good (but not great) vintage. Based on my experiences only a daredevil would want to cellar these wines ? purchasing cases of this wine as an untasted future was a serious mistake on my part. My note, maturity estimate, and score is for the lone good bottle. Darkly colored with aromas of chocolate brownies, red fruits, a touch of saddle leather, wax, and oak. In the mouth, the wine?s acidity is a little too prominent. Tannins are firm. Good fruit and decent length.Drink Dates: 2012-2020+Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 90A very nice Cabernet Sauvignon with deep ruby color.Author: Daniel B440
Self | Rating: 92Beautiful wine. No hint of rumored TCAAuthor: Michael S965
Self | Rating: 93Everything you expect from Chateau Montelena, big fruit nose, and a nice smooth cab. Tannins have mellowed nicely.Author: BobT
Self | Rating: 93Gorgeous wine that is really firing on all cylinders right now. Smooth drinking wine with a lip smacking mouth feel . Well balanced nose of dark jammie fruit, earth tones, cedar and sweet vanilla. Excellent balanced flavors of fruit, earth, cedar and baking spices. The spices and vanilla tastes linger nicely on a well integrated soft tannic finish.Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: Butler wan
Self | Rating: 92Pretty good, don't sell the house to procure.Author: Charley
Self | Rating: 92We may have opened this prematurely. Structure was present but there wasn't as much to it as expected. Nice nose but a lackluster finish.Drink Dates: 2012-2020Author: noelivan
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
- 3765 bottles owned
- 533 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 533 collectors)