Second bottle from a case. I have Montelena back to the 1985, and opened this to see what was happening. Dark garnet color showing no signs of age. Decanting showed practically no sediment, and my first sip revealed brisk acid and tannin. With work in the glass and some time (45 mins) the wine balanced out with the tannins integrating with the fruit and the acidity appropriate. Medium bodied. Montelena seems to age forever. Wait for another 5 years for this one.
I have had spotty experiences with Chateau Montelena and stopped buying the wines. When the cork broke, I assumed it would be another disappointment. Thankfully I was wrong. I did not taste what was reflected in most recent notes. The wine was balanced and elegant. Fruit was a bit subtle, but pleasant. Hopefully waiting on drinking the last 10 bottles of a case was a good decision.
One to two hour decant. Very dark garnet color. Musty wine cellar aromas. The dark fruit, tobacco and earth is well integrated, but lacks fruit and character. Acidity and strong tannin quite noticeable on a lengthy finish. Hope my next bottle is better.
I am big fan of Montelena wines and have not yet been disappointed. This wine, while not bad, did not quite live up to my expectations. Perhaps we didn't give this enough time in the decanter, but it seemed closed. We will give the rest of the bottles some time.
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(Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Very dark red violet color; ripe currant, tart black currant nose; ripe currant, tart black currant, tart berry palate; starting to open; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Very dark red violet color; lovely, focused, ripe berry, rich black fruit, ripe cassis nose; ripe berry, cassis, black fruit, soy sauce palate; long finish 92+ points