(From 2012 Vintage) Bright red-ruby. At once riper and more medicinal on the nose than the 2011, offering aromas of plum syrup, blueberry and spices. Firm and nicely refined, with an attractive juicy quality to the black fruit and spice flavors. Finishes with rather suave tannins. This cuvee seems to be better than ever, as Bo Barrett has done a good job of leavening the concentrated, black mountain fruit with the softer tannins of cabernet from the valley floor.
"Very young, huge wine with lots of tannin, cherries and blackberries. Would be beter in 15 years. Good bot not worth the heavy price tag. "
Excellent. Color: deep, dark purple. Nose: boatloads of plum, blackberry and leather. Smelled like a bunch of black fruit. Taste: Dirt, dark fruits, leather and cedar. Aftertastes did "heat up" with some pepper afterhoughts... Mouthfeel: silkly, smooth and beautiful. Awesome.
Taste: Dirt, dark fruits, leather and cedar. Aftertastes did "heat up" with some pepper afterhoughts... Mouthfeel: silkly, smooth and beautiful. Awesome. If you've got this one - drink up and you won't be dissapointed
Full-bodied and beautifully balanced with notes of cherry, cassis, spice, and a touch of oak. Tannins were present but nicely integrated.
Wine & SpiritsRevealing sweeter tannin and a softer, riper, fuller-bodied style, the 2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a beautiful, classic wine with loads of berry fruit, an earthy character, and a spicy, pure, rich finish. The silkiness of the tannins suggest this 2006 will be drinkable in several years. It is another candidate for nearly two decades of aging. Chateau Montelena's sale to the owners of Bordeaux's well-known second-growth, Chateau Cos d'Estournel, fell through, no doubt because of the global economic crisis. It was unquestionably shocking that this Napa icon was on the block, and about to be sold to, of all people, the French, who Montelena had defeated in the famous Steven Spurrier tasting of 1976. Tasting through the wines with the ever reliable Bo Barrett is always a lesson in candor and honesty.
Wine AdvocateRating: (87-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00