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1981 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Cuvée

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7/4/2015 - GrapesOfWrathOKC wrote: NR

A: Slightly cloudy, appears thin. Strawberry in color in light.
N: Oxidized, strawberry candy, licorice, light oak
P: Very light, very mild pallet, very light acid. Tannins still having. Definitely over peak. Oxidized but not vinegar. Still has structure but over the peak. Probably would have been great 10 years prior.
F: Weak finish. Strawberry cake almost finish. Pleasant but not what you would expect.

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2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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7/4/2015 - Ric2491 Likes this wine: 96 points

Another excellent cab

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2007 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate

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7/4/2015 - ssspore Likes this wine: 90 points

Color was clear dark red. Blackberry, pepper on the nose. A little thin on the palate. No finish

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2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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7/3/2015 - domco wrote: NR

Similar to last note. Very nice, seems to be in a sweet spot and guessing it will be for a number of years.

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1996 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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7/3/2015 - mbcellar wrote: NR

Black-garnet color with little signs of age. Magnificent nose of anise, tobacco, earth, cassis, and eucalyptus seems to pour from the glass. The fragrance was surprisingly stable throughout the evening. Virtually seamless on the palate with ripe, fine tannins and savory acidity balancing ripe, palate-coating fruit. There is tremendous elegance and grace to this wine.

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1992 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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7/3/2015 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Cork in perfect shape and great fill. This was good right out of the bottle and was great with 30 minutes of air. Lush red fruit, nice balance, long finish. In a perfect place for a fully mature cali cab. Maybe not the most complexity of the very best, but this was just fun to drink. Well stored bottles should hold a while longer but I would be drinking now as it is not going to get any better. A-

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2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Non Estate) Napa Valley

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7/2/2015 - gmat5497 Likes this wine: 91 points

Second day better than first. Should decant.

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2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/28/2015 - Pknut wrote: NR

Really very good. There is a dustiness to the palate here, a surprising advanced texture at only nine years old, and I rather like it. There's still plenty of fruit, a good amount of underlying acidiy (that at first, when blinded, with the dustiness, made me think Italian) and this is very nicely tapered and balanced, old-school like. Enjoyed this a lot.
YB pulled this out to pair with the Grateful Dead Fare thee Well, second night.

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2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/29/2015 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Drinking great now with air.

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1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/28/2015 - Lazerlar wrote: 90 points

last of my 375 ml bottles and I believe I waited to long - good but not the same as the previous bottles consumed a few years ago.

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2011 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Non Estate) Napa Valley

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6/28/2015 - Hemingway Likes this wine: 88 points

Way better than before. Again, lighter than I would expect from a cab, but smoother than before, not as tannic. You get more of the flavor on the back end. Extra bottle time helped this one.

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2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/25/2015 - DSimmons Likes this wine: 94 points

Nice. Our first of these and it is quite a nice wine. pop and pour but went really slow for the first hour. The color is a beautiful inky garnet. No cloudiness or bricking at all. On the nose graphite, black cherry, pepper, some earthy/barnyardy notes. On the palate dark fruit, blackberry, sweet tannin, spice all in an elegantly balanced package. The wine has a medium finish. Really happy to have 5 of these left. They should go at least another 5-10 years.

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1978 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/25/2015 - DBell65 Likes this wine: 92 points

Opened and strained our sediment. Light floral nose, smooth easy drinking with fruit still there, but not overly strong. For a wine this age, stored in less than perfect conditions I was very happy, as was the 3-4 people who shared this wine with me. Went very well with the cheese plate and slow cooked pulled pork dish!

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2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/21/2015 - capacious Likes this wine: 91 points

Entering its time, this is classic Montelena. Well integrated cedar, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate,

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2013 Chateau Montelena Riesling

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6/20/2015 - AllRed wrote: 89 points

Stone, peach and apple notes with good acidity and nice fruit on the finish.

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2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Non Estate) Napa Valley

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6/24/2015 - Ed B wrote: 92 points

PnP at the end of the evening. No detailed notes. Wonderful wine right in its sweet spot.

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2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/24/2015 - bluedog Likes this wine: 93 points

Opened, decanted, poured -- funky, slight vinegar, pungent. One hour later, it blossomed. Smooth, delicate, light tannins, light blackberry, with some toast. Delicious.

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2003 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Non Estate) Napa Valley

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6/23/2015 - rwerner Likes this wine: 92 points

Soft and ready to drink now! Fruit is fading but still a beautiful wine.

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1984 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/21/2015 - downstairs Likes this wine: 94 points

Deep garnet color. Nose,what I like to call old church pew,aka,earthy,leather, bramble. Soft on the palate, subtle complexities very good for a 31 year Calif cab, excellent!

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2011 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate

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6/19/2015 - Grb040 wrote: 89 points

Very light in color, palate was a little tarty and had hints of minerality and metalic veggie taste. Light to possibly medium bodied.

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1982 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

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6/21/2015 - Prof B wrote: 93 points

This took about an hour to open up. Once it did, the wine presented a range of tertiary and primary elements. Tobacco leaf, soy, and mocha were apparent along with black fruits, especially black cherry. When tasted, plum, black cherry, and blackberry mingled with baking chocolate and dry herbs. A really nice wine. No need to wait, no need to rush.

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2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

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6/19/2015 - jkvedar wrote: 90 points

Well balanced Chardonnay. Pear and apple on the nose. Lemon palate. Nice finish. Only a hint of oak.

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2008 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

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6/19/2015 - FLI wrote: flawed

Not just corked - this one was porked and forked. Undrinkable. Screw caps, please.

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1978 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

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6/17/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Riper and richer than the '77 Montelena Napa tasted alongside. More brooding and black fruited. Great structure, at peak and holding up very well.

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1977 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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6/17/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Vibrant dark fruit aromas. Medium to full bodied with supple dark fruits, tobacco, earth, rust/blood and a touch of mint. Holding up well.

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