Red

1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 351

  • dkentaustin Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 5, 2020 - Classic structure with beautiful fruit. Pretty soft tannins, with some lovely earthy notes. Popped and drank. Started to fall a bit at the end.

  • mchern02 wrote: flawed

    July 21, 2020 - Bad bottle erg....good replacement for manicewicz

  • Burgundy Mitch Likes this wine:

    July 4, 2020 - At Mike S's for July 4th. Pretty much my WOTN besting a Schrader, a 2005 Laurent Clos St Denis, and another cab I'm blanking on. Now fully mature, resolved tannins, smooth as silk, easy drinking but a sneaky persistence on the finish and classic Montelena flavor profile. I've got 1 750 and 2 mags left and will find occasions in the next 5 years for the 750, 10 for the mags to drink.

  • jlgnml wrote: 93 points

    July 3, 2020 - Very good, smooth, dark crushed berries, long on the palate. Drink up.

  • Ara Kafafian Likes this wine: 97 points

    June 16, 2020 - From half bottle, pristine cork, deep ruby, slight bricked rim, complex nose of barn yard, mushrooms, cassis, tobacco, leather, anise, menthol, mocha. Spicy, peppery finish, still tannic. A monster that is at its peak drinking from half bottles. Will easily hold a decade. Incredibly well made.

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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)

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

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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 5,941 (64%)
  • Consumed 3,346 (36%)

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