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Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

$149.99

SKU 18327

750ml

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v
93
ws
85
Nose 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. Palate 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. Finish 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
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Calistoga
Brand Chateau Montelena
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
  • ws85

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