1995 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml

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WA 94   WS 92   IWC 91(+?)   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

At the winery, I rated the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate one point below what I gave it in the blind tasting. Nevertheless, my notes on both tastings are nearly identical. This is another winery where the 1995 may be as strong as the 1994. The color is an opaque purple. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, with classic notes of cassis intermixed with loamy soil scents, underbrush, and spice. There is massive body and elevated, but sweet tannin that is well-integrated with the wine's other components, a blockbuster mid-palate, and a finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. Modern-day society seems to always be in search of new stars, but this winery has been a super hero for great California Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly 25 years! Montelena's Estate Cabernet Sauvignons are equivalent to buying blue chip stock. They get better and better with age and as the vertical tastings I have attended so persuasively attest, they are still relatively young wines at 20 years of age!

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Not as dense and concentrated as the 1994, but still a tremendous wine. Elegant and rich, with currant, cherry, cookie dough and vanilla-scented oak.--Chateau Montelena vertical.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

Good red-ruby color. Brighter aromas of black cherry, pepper, chocolate and fresh herbs. Sweet and lush, if not quite as fat as the '96. A note of humus adds complexity. Finishes with fresh cassis and cherry flavors, moderate tannins and excellent length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Chris Ahearn
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2000-2025

Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/28/2013
Drink Dates: 2002-2020
Almost black. Dark fruits. Smoky charcoal. Complex. Fruit still surround the other nuances. Aging beautifully

Rating: 93
Author: npayab
Tasted On: 10/04/2013

Rating: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/11/2015
Drink Dates: 2014-2024
This still needs time in the bottle to fully mature. Core of ripe red berry and blackberry fruit. Notes of cedar, leather, sweet tobacco and baking spices. Tannins still need time to integrate. Good concentration with a falvorful, lengthy finish.

Rating: 92
Author: VinoDeparture
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/04/2012
Opened a few hours before serving, poured a bit out and recorked. The wine was dark ruby/garnet in color with very little bricking on the edges. Nice aromas of tobacco, earth, dark fruit and a bit of mint/eucalyptus. Black cherry and some leather on the palate, with velvety tannins and a nice long finish. This was an excellent and enjoyable wine and well-stored bottles should continue to drink well for several more years.

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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About This Producer


"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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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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