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292 Ratings
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Wine Details

Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) 2013 has much in common with many of the vintages from the “mighty nineties.” A dry mild spring induced early stress in the Cabernet vineyards. As summer rolled in, and the fog remained at bay, we moved diligently through the blocks adjusting the vine canopies to maintain dappled sunlight on the developing berries. While nighttime temperatures preserved the acidity that most appreciate in this wine, the consistent warmth of the season is really what drives the flavor profile in this vintage.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing deep garnet red color in the glass. On the nose there are complex notes of blackberry tart, clove, cinnamon, and cocoa, along with dried black currants. The mouth has a soft supple entry, youthful crisp acidity, juicy plum and rich bright red fruit notes, all complemented by loads of fine grain tannin and an under-layer of dried black currant.

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    Thick full bodied with heavy blackberry. I'd rate it higher than the 89 it's been getting.

    over 5 years
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    Strong tannins mellowed with decanting loads of fruit cherry plum tobacco light mint

    over 5 years
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    the best. peaked 20 mins into it, became a silky chocolate :))

    about 5 years
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    smooth, full bodied, drinkable and easy to finish.

    about 5 years
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    good with all, really good with chicken

    about 6 years
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    rcl

    pretty good had w/ rlb at Ray's SS

    over 6 years
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    sweet

    about 5 years
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    with ken august 2010

    about 6 years