Red

1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 340

  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    November 10, 2019 - Charleston V - the wooden anniversary; 11/6/2019-11/10/2019 (Charleston, SC (various locations)): Wine #1 in our blind. This was all fresh and fruity. Darker berries. A bit of sweetness. This came across as quite young. The balance in the wine seems to come from the tannin though which balances the fruit reasonably well. Drinking nicely. It's definitely new world fruit, but it has a more old world style to it.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • S1 wrote:

    November 10, 2019 - Charleston Offlineorama V; 11/7/2019-11/10/2019 (The Holy City): (blind) Muted and faded. Even as disappointing as that is, the wine still has lots of good qualities with some fruit and decent acid balance.

  • 83Vintage wrote: 93 points

    November 4, 2019 - Decanted 3+ hours. Starts with mature red fruits, spice, decaying flowers, soil, old mints left in your pocket, very elegant old school style, integrated tannins with that ever so faint mint note providing a freshness to the finish.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Anonymous wrote: 95 points

    October 26, 2019 - pop and pour and was great from the start. very well balance napa cab that drinks like old world bordx. plenty of fruit still left

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Som-Geo Likes this wine: 97 points

    October 14, 2019 - Always a treat. Plumb, blackberry, baking spices and forest notes all in lovely balance. For the money an AMAZING Napa cab.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Chateau Montelena Cabernet Estate: 1977-2010 (May 2019), 5/1/2019 (link)

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

  • 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 23 (0%)
  • In Cellars 5,884 (65%)
  • Consumed 3,165 (35%)

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