Red

2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 68

  • richshoes Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 17, 2019 - usually disappointed in Montelena Estate because I open it too early and it's super undrinkable....have learned to wait as the older it is the better it gets! this one was pretty good, but not mind blowing...good sweet cherry fruit with some background of dark fruit....good layers but not as big and complex as I would have thought...probably just a tad young but ready to drink and will hit prime in next 2-3 years

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  • KSWinegeek wrote: 92 points

    February 5, 2019 - Dark in color. Blackberry, tobacco on nose. Blackberry flavors. Approachable and good. I have enjoyed other botttles of this vintage more

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  • gharter Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 24, 2019 - Still very young, just starting to enter in its drinking window. In general, I find Montelenas need at least 10 years to really show well. No browning at the edge, still purple. Red and black fruits, cassis,earth, leather, spice and oak on the nose. Flavors are similar with red and black fruits, spice, earth, leather, cherry, plum, cassis flavors. well balanced with a long smooth finish. Starting to show some secondary character. A long life ahead, decades.

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  • Twopawsup Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 1, 2018 - Deep ruby color with slow legs. Red cassis, french oak, cedar and fruit on the nose. Dark sour cherry, plum and hints of chocolate on the palate. Long velvety finish. Lots of potential still left in this wine.

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  • ljl Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 10, 2018 - Extremely dark. Cherry chocolates do cedar on the nose. Black cherry cassis. Still a little tight. Has more time to fully develop.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011) (link)

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

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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 089819012442, 3760076820045, 400007098817, 669576019863, 733555100320, 733555100825, 733555250728

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 88 (2%)
  • In Cellars 4,153 (77%)
  • Consumed 1,156 (21%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Fillet of beef, Thanksgiving dinner

Who Likes This Wine

95% Like It  44 votes

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