Red

2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Calistoga
Drink between 2015 - 2028 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 177

  • dsimmons Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 13, 2022 - Took this a few hours to open up. rich and concentrated . drink or hold

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  • Vindependence Day Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 19, 2022 - Drank over a 4 hours period. When popped and poured, it was disappointing. Thin, almost sour, with decent cherry cola nose but also green wood that was off-putting. I would have given 88 pts at that stage. After about 3 hours of air it picked up weight, the woodiness receded, and the fruitiness became much more complex and enjoyable - cherry, cola, lavender (?), vanilla, and just a lot more fun. Palate still a bit thin. Upgraded to 91 pts based on this last glass.

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  • lovemycab Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 30, 2022 - For a 15 year old wine, I was surprised to see the cork come out like new. Very little wine and sediment on the cork at all. Drank over the course of a few hours. Plenty of the traditional Montelena fruit with cassis, cedar, and spice. Tannins are well integrated and this is drinking nicely right now. This wine has plenty of life left and with more time will bring forward more tertiary notes and complexity to be even better.

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  • capacious Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 14, 2022 - I probably said this in some past Montelena comment, but have loved this wine since gifted a case of the 1984 way way long ago. The wine is aging beautifully, on to secondaries, with years to to. Montelena is true to itself, has not become every Napa cab. Long live Montelena!

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  • timewithwine wrote:

    June 25, 2022 - The nose on this was a bit funky at first. Upon opening and removing from its original wooden case, the distinct smell of a corked bottle was unmistakable. Fortunately, the funk on this bottle blew off and all was well. The color is an opaque plum from core to rim. Nose and flavors of plum, cassis, mint, leather, and licorice. The mouthfeel is opulent, but not a bit overdone; nicely balanced. Some sediment. 14.3% alc. With bone-in pork chops. 06.25.22. Highly Recommended.

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2017), 5/17/2017 (link)

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  • By John Szabo, MS
    11/29/2011 (link)

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/11/2018 (link) 94 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) From magnum - Very dark red violet color; cedar, coffee, mocha nose; delicious, silky textured, black currant, mocha, coffee, blackberry, cedar palate with firm, sweet tannins; long finish (99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc; 20 months in French oak, 28% new; 14.3% alcohol)

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/15/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Dark red violet color; tart currant, menthol nose; tasty, tart currant, menthol palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Montelena
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Montelena Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Calistoga
  • UPC Codes 031430000094, 3760076820045, 451125317502, 669576019863, 733555100320, 733555100528, 733555251329

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 61 (1%)
  • In Cellars 6,400 (67%)
  • Consumed 3,029 (32%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

beef, duck, Chocolate, Had this with smoked brisket and smokes pulledpork., Hard cheese, mushrooms, ribeye steak or filet.

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