Red

1986 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 109

  • paulst Likes this wine: (88 points)

    April 8, 2016 - Has it moments but rather corked; some sweet-blackberry.

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  • paulst Likes this wine: (91 points)

    March 28, 2016 - Rather earthy and light; tight on the palate with acidity; some blackberry.

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  • Anonymous Likes this wine: (94 points)

    March 19, 2016 - Very nice bottle. The color was very inky with lots of fruit and refined tannins. Still a very big Cabernet that may last another 5-7 years. Drunk side by side with 1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia & 1986 Joseph Phelps Backus both very good wines but not as complex as the 30 year old Ch. Montelena.

  • mxpbuy Likes this wine: (94 points)

    February 13, 2016 - The wine needed an hour in the decanter. Sweet blackberries with a few blueberry notes mixed in, sweet Oak, dried herbs, some grilled meats. A real mouthful that had a 30 second finish. This bottle would have been good for another 5 years.

  • BradE wrote:

    January 26, 2016 - 1969 and 1986 Cali Lunch: A touch of TCA marred this wine, and as a result was somewhat dumb.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1998, IWC Issue #79 (link)

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/13/2004 (link) 91 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Clover, herbal and roasted fruit nose; mature, mushroom, cassis, herbal palate, with grip; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/5/2004 (link) 90 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Good black red color; vanilla nose; cherry and coffee palate with resolved tannins; medium finish

    (Previous bottle was oaky, chunky, with sawdust and cherry palate; oaky finish 84 pts.)

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/25/2004 (link) 86 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Twenty 1986 Cabernet Sauvignons Blindtasted: Group's #1 (my #9) 86 pts. 2 1st place votes, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, 2 fourths, 0 last places - dark red color; oaky vanilla and lilac nose; tight, tannic, tart cherry, sandalwood palate; short spicy finish 86+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Montelena
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Montelena Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (1%)
  • In Cellars 645 (59%)
  • Consumed 441 (40%)

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Who Likes This Wine

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