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1997 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
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"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... More »

WA 98
WS 95
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2020 WA: 2003-2030 WS: 2001-2015
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90

Good deep medium ruby. Very complex nose combines cassis, black cherry, plum, smoked meat, dark chocolate, Cuban tobacco and a hint of menthol. Youthfully unevolved and primary yet broad and pliant; offers impressive texture and stuffing for a young Montelena cabernet. Superripe hints of smoked meat and leather. Finishes with very lush tannins and strong dark berry flavor. The pH here is higher than average, an indication of the thorough ripeness of the vintage. The yield in this generous year was a reasonable 3.1 tons per acre, which Barrett described as huge. Still, this appears to be an outstanding vintage for this classic Napa cabernet.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 132
Drink Dates 2003-2030

There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, and earth notes. This brilliantly made, super-concentrated, pure, blockbuster possesses sweet tannin as well as a terrific finish. Having added additional weight since last year, this sumptuous, multilayered, profoundly concentrated Cabernet contains 14% alcohol. It is a candidate for 25-30 years of longevity.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2001-2015

This California Cab serves up lots of ripe, supple black cherry, currant and plum-laced flavors, as well as pretty touches of earth, anise and mineral. Turns smooth and supple, finishing with polished tannins. 11,700 cases made.

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Author Karl L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/11/2015
Drink Dates 2015-2022


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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.997%
Tasted On 11/05/2014

One of the better bottles I have had. A touch of brett, no corked flavor, still has plenty of fruit but showing age well.

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Author gotwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.416%
Tasted On 07/06/2013
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Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.013%
Tasted On 07/25/2012
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Excellent...drinking but has 5+ yrs

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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.341%
Tasted On 06/10/2012
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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.231%
Tasted On 04/20/2012
Drink Dates 2007-2020

Surprisingly youthful. Blueberry and cassis on the nose and palate. Medium bodied, balanced and nice finish. This is the answer to critics of the 1997 California Cabernet Vintage.

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Author Jeremy S210
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Tasted On 08/25/2011
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Author Jimmy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.139%
Tasted On 02/08/2011
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Author Jeff
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.157%
Tasted On 09/21/2010

Sold @ $150 to Norm

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.262%
Tasted On 08/26/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2025

Wow! This is starting to come into it's early drinking windown. Cassis, red cherry, hints of earthiness and menthol with the tell tale montelena flavors. The finish is LONG. A perfect compliment to the food at Gary Danko for our Anniversary. If you must drink now decant for 4+ hours. It will get better.

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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.165%
Tasted On 05/03/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2020

One of the purest expressions of Cab I've had from CA. Stills has tons of life and fruit left in it. Excellent!

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Author Steve
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.727%
Tasted On 03/10/2009

this wine never ceases to be great - it is perfectly balanced and a joy to drink alone or with food

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Author Todd W59
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.355%
Tasted On 12/24/2007
Drink Dates 2006 - 2013

A "wow" wine! Powerful & big with lots of fruit and tannin but great balance so that neither overwhelm. Extended finish! A great CA CAB. Reminds me of a great Bordeaux

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