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Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

SKU 18327


Extraordinarily rich notes of dried cherry, cocoa, muddled mint, and blackberry. As the wine continues to breathe, one by one subtle hints of tobacco, cedar, and perfume emerge with patience. There is considerable depth on the palate as fresh, tart raspberries contrast the rocky, earth undertones, so emblematic of our Estate, leading to a texture that is at once austere, awaiting further time in bottle, and voluptuous. After two years in oak, the tannins are wonderfully integrated with just enough toast to seamlessly transition to blueberry, cassis, and mocha on the finish.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Calistoga
Brand Chateau Montelena
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
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Wine SpectatorExhibits what one might call marginally good funk, with a dank, earthy, chalky limestone edge that overshadows but doesn't obliterate the tart, juicy currant and dark berry flavors. Ends mulchy, but somehow cleans up sufficiently to merit a passing grade. Drink now through 2026.

James Laube, 2017