Deep ruby red in color, very spicy and rich in aroma. Blackberry, tobacco and vanilla come through on the palate. The finish is long and pleasant. Recommended with lamb and spicier dishes and sauces.
WA94 Drink 2000-2015 Cotarella's flagship wine, his 100% Merlot called Montiano, is aged in 100% new oak casks for 12 months, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration. The terrific opaque purple-colored 1998 Montiano exhibits a spectacular bouquet of black cherry liqueur, licorice, and toasty vanillin. The wine explodes on the palate, offering copious quantities of glycerin, cassis, black cherries, and blackberries. As it sits in the glass, aromas and flavors of melted chocolate and toasty oak emerge. The finish lasts for 40+ seconds. This 1998 should drink well for 10-15 years. Bravo!
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 130
Wine AdvocateRating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 130 on Aug-00
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/01