Original
210 Ratings
Chateau Montelena Calistoga Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Details

Wine Description

(From 2010 Vintage) The 2010 is shaping up to be another beauty. Violets, freshly cut flowers, mint, spice box and plums all jump from the glass in this vivid, beautifully delineated cabernet.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2010 Vintage) One of the historical attributes of the Montelena Estate Cabernet has always been its age-ability and longevity; often though, this meant that the wine really needed to be cellared before it would show its true beauty. Well, here at Montelena we’re all about the pursuit of excellence, and have been working to expand that window of drinkability through careful changes in how we farm, pick, and ferment the grapes from this magnificent property. By focusing on precision viticulture techniques, small fermentation lots, and earlier integration of more precisely chosen barrels – matched to the unique characters of each lot – we have been able to make the wine more approachable at a younger age, while retaining the core elements that ensure a long life in the cellar. The only problem…you may need more of it.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 120 on Dec-98
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/00