2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
- 95 WA
- 93 IWC
- 92 JS
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James Suckling | Rating: 92This will be released next year. I am loving the intense currants, mint, eucalyptus, and blackberries in the nose. Reminds me of a Lynch Bages or Mouton. Full bodied and chewy, with lovely fruit and round velvety tannins. The finish is packed with some serious fruit, but this could still use some time. Give this until at least 2015. 14+23+22+33. Find the wineAuthor: James Suckling
Rating: 94(14.3%): Good dark red. Musky nose combines blueberry, black raspberry, cedar, licorice pastille, chocolate, mocha, licorice, sage and wild herbs, along with a lightly resiny quality. Supple, spicy, dry and classic, showing lovely lift and depth to its rather primary blueberry, licorice and spice flavors. The wine's high-pitched floral quality and its resiny spice tones nicely perfume the middle palate and finish. With its enticing lift and light touch for the vintage, this is just about ready to drink, but I suspect it will continue to gain in weight and thickness with further cellaring. - Stephen Tanzer
Self | Rating: 93Drink Dates: 2015-2035Author: KIP
Self | Rating: 87A bit bland overall, not too exciting but a well made wine. $150. 10,000 cases. 92-94 RP, 93 STAuthor: WineRyan
Self | Rating:shipping 4/11Author: nedbrines
Self | Rating: 88The normal dark berries you would expect on the nose are overwhelmed by cedar. While flavorful, this wine is a bit thin on the palate. Then the cedar takes over again on the finish, which is quite hot. This is a decent wine, but that is all it is. At $104/bottle, it is vastly overrated and overpriced.Author: Litig8tr
Self | Rating: 93Visual: deep ruby. Aromas: blackberry, voilet/floral Palate: cherries and bright red fruit, spice, currant, and oak. Strong tannins and nice acidity provide plenty of structure for the future. Joined their futures program to lock in $80 per bottle on 6 bottles of the 2009, which is supposed to be another good Napa year.Author: Wine365
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
- 1303 bottles owned
- 222 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 222 collectors)