Q3 Tasting - Aged California Wines - Pre 2006 (New York, NY): #5 of 20 wines tasted double blind. Color is ruby red with slight bricking. Nose is very restrained. Very easy drinking with some good grip on the finish. Did not seem to have much happening on the palate or the nose, but was pleasant enough to drink - left no real impression. No guess on this one. For me this was middle of the pack. For the the group this tied for 11th place with six other wines with 2 pennies.
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(Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Very dark red violet color with some light floating sediment; tart plum, light mint, cassis, black fruit nose; tasty, mature, structured, plum, black fruit, tart blackberry palate; medium-plus finish (much better bottle than the last three I've tried; 13.5% alcohol)
(Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Group's #6 (my #6) – 42 pts.; 1, 1, 0, 0 – bricking medium dark red violet color; very mature, oxidized, mushroom, dried red fruit, tobacco nose; very mature, maderized, baked tart plum, tobacco palate; medium finish