Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (1500ml)

$195

Chateau Montelea’s flagship wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Montelena Estate possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as beautiful black currant and blueberry fruit, soft tannins, medium to full body, and a harmonious, supple mouthfeel... Enjoy it over the next 15+ years. Robert Parker

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Bright red-ruby. Exceptional aromatic purity and complexity to the aromas of blueberry, cassis, cocoa powder, mocha, spices and minerals; some very ripe berry pie notes emerged with air. Wonderfully creamy, silky and deep; an utterly seamless wine with the underlying soil-driven minerality to energize and frame its fleshy flavors of dark fruits and spices. This is yet another 2010 whose impression of refinement belies the weather extremes of the growing season. Finishes with building but perfectly integrated tannins and outstanding length. This is already approaching its plane of peak drinkability but I'd still want to hold my bottles for at least a few more years. ("You really had to be a good farmer in 2010," noted Bo Barrett) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)

Bright red-ruby. Exceptional aromatic purity and complexity to the aromas of blueberry, cassis, cocoa powder, mocha, spices and minerals; some very ripe berry pie notes emerged with air. Wonderfully creamy, silky and deep; an utterly seamless wine with the underlying soil-driven minerality to energize and frame its fleshy flavors of dark fruits and spices. This is yet another 2010 whose impression of refinement belies the weather extremes of the growing season. Finishes with building but perfectly integrated tannins and outstanding length. This is already approaching its plane of peak drinkability but I'd still want to hold my bottles for at least a few more years. ("You really had to be a good farmer in 2010," noted Bo Barrett) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)

9.5

Josh Luhn Delectable Pro

Luhn Wine Consulting Owner, Luhn Family Wines

Needs a lot of time to integrate. Wait until at least 2020. Then you'll have some hindsight.

Needs a lot of time to integrate. Wait until at least 2020. Then you'll have some hindsight.

9.2

Jeremiah Allen Delectable Pro

Love the classics!

Love the classics!

9.0

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Youthful and delicious. Red currant and cherry with a moderate amount if oak. Quite forward and supple now but with underlying structure for aging.

Youthful and delicious. Red currant and cherry with a moderate amount if oak. Quite forward and supple now but with underlying structure for aging.

8.8

Mark Flesher

You really can't give this one a very true rating right now. This bottle still has a lot of red fruited baby fat. After about 3 hours of air, it started to settle into more of a black cherry with hints of blackberry kind of a wine. But it definitely was not like that sooner. It is amazing how 15 years seems to be the dividing line and the characteristics change so much. It took a little coaxing. This one has a fair amount of herb influence. Also has some menthol or eucalyptus. Not sure that was there when I tried one of these even earlier. Overall, I make no apologies for opening this one now. It is still a very good wine. But when you know how these drink at 15 to 20 years, you know that it will continue to develop and change so much. Still a lot of stiff oak astringency at the moment.

You really can't give this one a very true rating right now. This bottle still has a lot of red fruited baby fat. After about 3 hours of air, it started to settle into more of a black cherry with hints of blackberry kind of a wine. But it definitely was not like that sooner. It is amazing how 15 years seems to be the dividing line and the characteristics change so much. It took a little coaxing. This one has a fair amount of herb influence. Also has some menthol or eucalyptus. Not sure that was there when I tried one of these even earlier. Overall, I make no apologies for opening this one now. It is still a very good wine. But when you know how these drink at 15 to 20 years, you know that it will continue to develop and change so much. Still a lot of stiff oak astringency at the moment.

9.1

Megan

Up north weekend! When the rain comes out, the wine comes out!

Up north weekend! When the rain comes out, the wine comes out!

9.0

Aaron Skrivan

Nice earthy aromas. different CAB than i was expecting from a young napa cab

Nice earthy aromas. different CAB than i was expecting from a young napa cab

9.4

Mike Mayer

A graceful, elegant wine from an iconic winery. Beautiful scents of cigar box and blueberries lift from the glass. Wonderful flavors of dark fruit, mocha, licorice with a sleek tannic backbone. A really nice finish.

A graceful, elegant wine from an iconic winery. Beautiful scents of cigar box and blueberries lift from the glass. Wonderful flavors of dark fruit, mocha, licorice with a sleek tannic backbone. A really nice finish.

9.2

Giovanni Bartolini

2010 vintage, medium bodied, smokey, subtle French oak, smooth light cherry, nice tannin, flinty soil character, could have laid down longer, great with pan seared boneless rib eye, with Laura Pausini singing romantic Italian songs in the background...

2010 vintage, medium bodied, smokey, subtle French oak, smooth light cherry, nice tannin, flinty soil character, could have laid down longer, great with pan seared boneless rib eye, with Laura Pausini singing romantic Italian songs in the background...

9.1

Gregory Summers

Very good balance of dark chocolate and red berries...smooth with good texture. Enjoyed this much as a special occasion res wine.

Very good balance of dark chocolate and red berries...smooth with good texture. Enjoyed this much as a special occasion res wine.

9.8

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