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Community Tasting Notes (29) Avg Score: 92.3 points

  • Much fruitier than the '74 Montelena Sonoma, almost primary. Quite enjoyable, but didn't quite have the dirt and depth of the '74. I'd be in no rush to drink the '78, it's lovely, and with all that fruit plenty of years ahead of it.

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  • A solid bottle of this wine displaying balanced and mature notes of black raspberry, dark savory spice, rich earth tones, beef consomme, and savory herbs. Mature but holding well. 91-92

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  • 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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  • 78 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Very dark with the color not giving any hint to its age. By far the most complex nose of all of the wines tonight. Black cherry, currant, vanilla, sage, mint, leather, earth, cassis, anise aromas continued to change in the glass. There is till plenty of black fruit, red cherries, chocolate, earth, leather, cassis, anise, and a touch of dried herb on the palate. The tannins are still present, but very soft and velvety on the long finish. Absolutely wonderful now, with no signs of fading and might even improve with time. Glad I still have a few bottles left.

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  • Beautiful ruby red color with no bricking at all which was surprising for a '78. Classic Montelena nose: dark fruit, pencil lead, soft new leather. Tannins were still vibrant and soft and a long finish. I was almost positive that we had a fake bottle at first. Drank alongside a '98 Monfortino and a '73 Rioja with some 9 month old dry aged rib eye at Carne Vino in Las Vegas.

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  • By John Kapon
    Tasting of the Year, Part I, 8/1/2012

    (Chateau Montlena Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon) Login and sign up and see review text.

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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
    8/7/2008, (See more on 90 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Group's #3 (my #2) – 67 pts; 2, 5, 1, 1 – Medium dark red color with clear meniscus; sexy blackberry and berry nose; mature black fruit and herbal palate; medium finish

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