Red

1986 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 113

  • paulst Likes this wine: (94 points)

    December 24, 2016 - Cedar and blackberry; sweetness and length; nicely done.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • paulst Likes this wine: (89 points)

    October 13, 2016 - Austere with light cherry and earth.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • aquacongas Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 8, 2016 - Blind Tasting mainly Californian Reds: Interesting blind flight 86 against 87, nobody did know, great acidity structure, refreshing , too young, ripe silky tannins giving a nice grip, a lot of cassis but still not perfectly integrated in his structured backbone, give him more time, 94+

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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
  • UPC Code 733555251121

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (1%)
  • In Cellars 671 (59%)
  • Consumed 465 (41%)

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