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1997 Chateau Montelena Calistoga Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
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1997 Chateau Montelena Calistoga Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 93(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000 Good deep medium ruby. Very complex nose combines cassis, black cherry, plum, smoked meat, dark chocolate, Cuban tobacco and a hint of menthol. Youthfully unevolved and primary yet broad and pliant; offers impressive texture and stuffing for a young Montelena cabernet. Superripe hints of smoked meat and leather. Finishes with very lush tannins and strong dark berry flavor. The pH here is high...
  • Wine.com
    There is the trademark Montelena earthy, berry fruit, smoky and rich with many subtleties. On the palate it has a big juicy front, a very full texture and many layers of flavors in a rich cross section of fruit and terroir.
  • CellarTracker Community Tasting Notes
    Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 6 notes)
  • 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
  • Vintage Chart
    Rating for United States-California: 94 (slightly better than average year)

    Drinkability: unpredictable