1985 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarDeep ruby-red; barely a sign of development. Floral, cedary aromas of crystallized berries (raspberry, cassis, mulberry) and graphite; extremely youthful. Thick, large-scaled and very strong in extract; layered and deep. Strong but harmonious acidity gives the wine a vibrant character. Conveys a sense of totally expressed soil. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and superb sweetness. From a rather low-alcohol year with high natural acidity and lower-than-average yield.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 90 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: too young, let it sit<br/>