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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1998, IWC Issue #79, (See more on Vinous...)

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

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/13/2004, (See more on 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, (See more on 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, (See more on 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

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