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2006 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.3%
  • 92 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • 93 JS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 54555-2006-750-3C
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Cool vintage. 18 months in 100% French oak, 28% new. Winemaker Cameron Parry. Bottled August 2008, released March 2010. Sweet and round. Polished tannins. Just right for now.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate appears to have completely shut down, not surprising as Montelena's Cabernet Sauvignons typically need plenty of time. The 2006 reveals medium to full body, austere tannins and lots of red and black fruits, dusty, loamy soil undertones and a hint of herbs/tobacco leaf. Give it another 4-5 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20+.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 93

    This has a leafy currant, mint, and raspberry nose. Complex and very pretty. Full bodied and very firm, with super fine tannins and a long, long finish. This is subtle and complex, but needs another three years. 14+23+23+33. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2018-2020
    Author: Josh
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jack and Cheryl
  • Self | Rating:

    coming 4/10
    Author: nedbrines
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.
    Drink Dates: 2002-2012
    Author: Monty94
  • Self | Rating: 84

    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.
    Author: nycebo
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Way too young, approachable on day 2. The goods are there but wait 10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2030
    Author: Patrick
"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.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1286 bottles owned
  • 209 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 209 collectors)