1997 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml

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WA 98   WS 95   IWC 93(+?)   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2001-2015
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/25/2012
Drink Dates:
Excellent...drinking but has 5+ yrs

Rating: 96
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/10/2012

Rating: 95
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
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.

Rating: 94
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 07/06/2013

Rating: 94
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
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.

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5079 bottles owned by 1154 collectors.

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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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