Red

1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 326

  • mchern02 wrote: 95 points

    July 2, 2019 - 1 hour decant

    Fantastic left bank Bordeaux nose with pencil shavings, black refined fruit, tobacco, menthol, and anise. Wonderful balanced structure and acidity with red jammy fruit shining through and great length. Quite an enjoyable finish with mature tannins that provide great grip.

    Prime drinking window with room to continue to develop and soften.

  • tomlee wrote: 98 points

    June 22, 2019 - Ruby red in color. 14% ABV. Breathtaking nose of red fruits, leather, pencil shavings and cedar. Old school, rustic Cabernet Sauvignon. Powerful, lean and somewhat tannic. Concentrated and chewy. Dried cherries, currants, cassis and minerals on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with a shroud of gritty tannins. This wine is the complete package. An iconic vintage for Montelena that rivals some of their classics from that era including the '87, '91 and '94. This will surely cruise to 30 years of age and I will keep the few bottles I have left to verify this.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Chiarawine Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 9, 2019 - Good but perhaps not as good asI had expected Opened about one hour before dinner probably needed more time Still has plenty of body Had a bit of musty old wine smell on opening decided to eventually decant We enjoyed the bottle eventually over dinner. I have six more bottles of this wine so will try a longer period of opening prior to dinner

  • andolini wrote: 98 points

    April 21, 2019 - Superb. Dark ruby red, with ever so slight bricking. Opened for an hour. Vanilla, floral notes, earth, grass. A beautifully aged wine without any rough edges. Core of cabernet fruit with notes of vanilla, cocoa, leather. Amazingly smooth finish. In a perfect place now.

  • jlgnml Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 20, 2019 - The nose and perfume said Cabernet, color dark, good body on the palate with that lingering sweetness to the finish. A great Btl with great food.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets (Sep 2017), 9/1/2017 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/14/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Bricking very dark red violet color; berry, blackberry nose; tasty, cassis, blackberry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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 Codes 000002632360, 006000008022, 006691000060, 3760076820045, 573355500008, 669576019863, 733555000095, 733555100320

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 27 (0%)
  • In Cellars 5,793 (65%)
  • Consumed 3,086 (35%)

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