July 6, 2021 - Drinking well, but no reason to rush the remaining bottles. Decanted for about 1 hour. Had with steak and mushrooms. Improved during the 1 1/2 hours we drank.
June 19, 2021 - From half bottle this is still quite young, but with a two hour decant it’s drinking very well. There’s plenty of fruit, and the structure can support another decade or two of cellaring. It’s rich, yet retains a classic style. Admittedly I am not incredibly excited about this, but it’s definitely a good wine, just doesn’t have a spark to make it memorable.
June 18, 2021 - Very nice cab drank with grilled beef tenderloin. This wine was really good but not great as it should be for the price. Still a lot of acidity. Hopefully this will improve with more cellar time.
May 29, 2021 - Decanted four hours and brought to a graduation party; commemorated year the high school graduates entered kindergarten. Dusty tannins dominated front-palate, offering a 20+2nd finish. Faint cherry fruit in the background.
May 7, 2021 - Decanted for 90 minutes. Dark ruby red in color. Black cherry, cassis, licorice, plum, and dark chocolate on the nose, and palate. Tannins are mild with a medium finish. This is drinking nicely.
May 5, 2021 - 2 hour decant. Beautiful nose with red and black fruits, cassis, earth, leather, spice, tobacco and oak on the nose. Flavors are similar with red and black fruits, spice, earth, leather, cherry, plum, tobacco, cassis, a hint of herbal. Great balance with a long smooth finish. The tannins have really softened. Showing some secondary character. In its drinking window with years/decades to go.
March 10, 2021 - Aging really well. Classic Montelena estate Cabernet. Balanced, refined and not over the top. Fruit, spice, oak and tannins combine into great wine.
Blueberry, Currant, cinnamon, vanilla, leather, and soft, velvety tannins that coat the tongue and serve up a nice, medium-long finish. Wow! Have a worthy meal ready to pair with this beauty.
December 25, 2020 - 4.4 Chateau Montelena vertical: While splitting hairs between two great wines, everyone agree this '08 was more elegant than '09, but not quite as good with the prime ribs.
December 16, 2020 - Beautiful wine that is all about balance. Great flavor strawberry, mint, leather and a bit of chocolate. Great sweetness, smooth, round, lush tannins. This wine is probably right in the drinking window. I suspect it might get slightly better in the next few years, but it has the stuff to go another 15 years or so. Delicious.
November 29, 2020 - Great wine with fantastic balance ! Tasted 08 and 13 back to back, they were both outstanding! 08 on the secondary and 13 still had a lot of fruits, can’t choose witch one was my favorite but definitly a great wine to age!