Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

$54.99

Chateau Montelena is one of California's historic wineries and consistent producers of some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Another great Montelena Cabernet. 92 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific introduction to the vintage at Montelena. Brisk and energetic, the 2014 offers a good bit of nuance and aromatic complexity. The flavors are dark and intense, but the 2014 is very much medium in body, as these wines are. There is no shortage of muscle and power, especially at this level. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and herbs inform the muscular, virile finish. This is a terrific set of new releases from Bo Barrett and winemaker Matt Crafton. After a bit of back and forth in recent years on the stylistic direction of the wines - the Cabernets in particular - Barrett seems to have settled into a very comfortable place, as is evidenced by the stellar 2014s. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in coming years. The 2014s seem to point to a slightly more classic style than the (admittedly) slight move to a sweeter, riper style seen in some recent vintages."

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Ratings on Delectable

Richard Smith

First week of class very rich... drank very slowly with Sissela

First week of class very rich... drank very slowly with Sissela

9.0

Lawrence Bernstein

Somewhat dry. Not full bodies. Flinty with a bit of acid. 84 for this 2016 $ 55 wine

Somewhat dry. Not full bodies. Flinty with a bit of acid. 84 for this 2016 $ 55 wine

8.4

Julia Indik

Deep and dark fruit -blackberries, plums, figs. Touch of chocolate in a splash of acidic tannins in the finish.

Deep and dark fruit -blackberries, plums, figs. Touch of chocolate in a splash of acidic tannins in the finish.

9.2

Dan Nordin - har bytt till Vivino

Napa Cab!

Napa Cab!

9.3

Masatoshi, YAMADA

Shima-san for Fracta gave me on October 15.

Shima-san for Fracta gave me on October 15.

10

Sherwin Taghdiri

Very light on the nose and not much fragrance...drinks smoothly with flavors of earthiness, stone fruit, spice and a little pepper. Lingers on the tongue and doesn’t finish as smoothly as I would like...

Very light on the nose and not much fragrance...drinks smoothly with flavors of earthiness, stone fruit, spice and a little pepper. Lingers on the tongue and doesn’t finish as smoothly as I would like...

9.0

M. Christopher Roebuck

So this ChMont doesn't hold the line with the prior cab. It's solid, as always, but lacks complexity, depth, and frankly even body. This is medium. A nice smoked wood note makes its somewhat different. But otherwise, it feels underripe, and thin. It's worth laying down for a while (ask @Shay A how long) to look for you improvement. I really wanted to press to 9.2 here but couldn't. 91+ points

So this ChMont doesn't hold the line with the prior cab. It's solid, as always, but lacks complexity, depth, and frankly even body. This is medium. A nice smoked wood note makes its somewhat different. But otherwise, it feels underripe, and thin. It's worth laying down for a while (ask @Shay A how long) to look for you improvement. I really wanted to press to 9.2 here but couldn't. 91+ points

9.1

Sarah Beth Sammy

Not breath-taking but certainly a good one

Not breath-taking but certainly a good one

9.0

Kaelig

Bordeaux left bank style

Bordeaux left bank style

8.7

Guido Rainuzzo

Elegant deep garnet color. Mild bouquet. Medium light body and acidity. Pleasant tannins, silk start to a semi dry finish. Surprised it has 14.2% alcohol, it feels surprisingly light and easy to drink considering the legs on it. Doesn't have the oak oomph that a lot of other California cabs have, so it's a pleasant bottle to have for something different.

Elegant deep garnet color. Mild bouquet. Medium light body and acidity. Pleasant tannins, silk start to a semi dry finish. Surprised it has 14.2% alcohol, it feels surprisingly light and easy to drink considering the legs on it. Doesn't have the oak oomph that a lot of other California cabs have, so it's a pleasant bottle to have for something different.

9.0

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