August 5, 2022 - 2 years since we had this last ( Papies 93) and this youthful , purplish tinted wine needs a decent decant at this stage. Frankly we are not sure if wit time this gets better as the juicy punchy side to it has a charm that works at this stage albeit we would have loved to have another bottle to try it down the line. A very pretty wine and a worthy 92-93 nonetheless.
July 27, 2022 - Less robust and deep than I expected. I'm not expecting further benefit from additional aging, so I'd drink soon
July 17, 2022 - Drinking beautifully now. Will open the others soon.
June 5, 2022 - Downhill. Overripe, low acidity
May 25, 2022 - From 375 purchased upon release. Amazingly tight cork shows virtually no seepage. Initial notes follow an hour decant. Forest floor, earth, mushrooms and faint red berries on the nose.
Still plenty of structure here, more pronounced in std stems and nuanced in Somm stems. Displays the softer, European house style, but after 2+ hrs I have to question its longevity in this format. If inventory is right I’ve got 2 more of these, which I’ll drink this year
May 7, 2022 - Intense eucalyptus nose. Extremely rich and tannic still, with an inky full palate. A little sweeter than my taste, but very in line with a good cali cab. Showing well now but I wouldn’t think at peak.
April 27, 2022 - Cork pulled a couple hours in advance and allowed to slow-ox. The color is deep garnet with a near opaque core and perhaps some slight browning towards the rim but color looks great. There’s significant sediment now. Powerful aromas of black currants, dark cherries, tobacco, green pepper, and baking spices. On the palate, the structure is still pretty sturdy even though the tannins have integrated well. The fruit is ripe and quite delicious and taking on some secondary notes of leather, mushrooms and decomposed earth. The acid giving the wine the lift and energy necessary at 18 years old. A lovely wine that, while at peak, has quite a bit of good life left in it. Drink before 2029.
January 16, 2022 - Enjoyed over the course of a few hours. Deep purple in color with medium plus intensity. Both red and black fruits here. Secondary notes of oak and spice. Some earth and leather notes coming through. Even after a few hours, this still felt like it was holding back a bit. Would give it a much ox time or long decant. There is plenty left here and going strong.
December 5, 2021 - Epic Napa Trip - Day 1: Tasted at Chateau Montelena - My favorite wine of the tasting! Great balance between fruit and secondary flavors...plenty of dark and red fruit on the nose and palate, along with some purple flower notes on the nose. Both nose and palate showed clove and other spices, tree bark and some minerals notes, as well as wisps of toasty oak. Very nice and drinking quite well! 94 and should hold here for a while.
December 5, 2021 - Napa trip day 1: Drank a small glass over 1 hour at the winery. Leather, red fruit, classic aged Montelena. Blackcurrant, bramble, strawberry, hint of cloves, blackberries, flowers and a layered gravelly texture