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1998 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

"This soars out of the ordinary." -TIME, June 7, 1976 (Judgement of Paris, tasting quote)

This quote embodies the dedication to quality and the consistently elegant, classical style Chateau Montelena has embraced since the early days. The current offerings continue to display adherence to that handcrafted heritage. One of the original "blue-chip" estates of Napa, its... More »

WA 93
WS 87
IWC 89
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2011 WA: 2002-2014 WS: 2001-2005
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IWC 89
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 96

Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate, menthol, loam and tarry oak on the nose. Fat and full for the vintage but rather unforthcoming today. Much deeper than the Calistoga Cuvee. This will be a supple '98 with several years of bottle aging. Finishes with moderate length and ripe tannins. "Ten years ago, when we were doing extended maceration and using a harsher destemmer, these tannins would have been tough and green," notes Barrett. "But then that the advantage of being a grizzled veteran."

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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 142
Drink Dates 2002-2014

The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (13,000 cases) will disprove all the naysayers about how bad the vintage was in the North Coast. It possesses an opaque ruby/purple color, a gorgeous perfume of loamy soil, new saddle leather, chocolate, and black cherry and black currant fruit, full body, and ripe tannin in the finish. As it sits in the glass, notes of cedar and spice box also emerge. Although more evolved than most Montelena Cabernets are at age 4, there is no doubting that it will still provide considerable pleasure at age 15 or 16. Kudos to the Barretts for producing this impressive 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the vintage's few stars. The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of California's most remarkable Cabernets. I have been following it since the early seventies, and even the most difficult vintages are still drinking beautifully. The home vineyard is so consistent that even in vintages such as 1989 and 1998, this wine is far better than its competition.

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WS 87
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2001-2005

Balanced, with supple currant, herb and berry flavors that are elegant. Finishes with fine tannins and earthy anise notes that are pleasing. 11,000 cases made.

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Author ChrisMus
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.873%
Tasted On 06/06/2014

Nice smooth wine. Starting to show its age. Drink soon.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.926%
Tasted On 04/22/2014

Great Qpr fully mature

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Author craigechols
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Tasted On 12/09/2013
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Author Kottabos
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.825%
Tasted On 01/01/2012

This dark ruby Cabernet Sauvignon offered pleasant aromas of black fruit, fennel, mint-chocolate, and soil on the nose. The palate displayed elegant cassis fruit as well as hints of milk chocolate and anise. Drink now.

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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.408%
Tasted On 12/31/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2012

Slightly past its prime but an enjoyable drinking experience. Showed such secondary and tertiary flavors as violets, milk chocolate, dried orange peel and iron. Big bouquet, but the midpalate is rather hollow and the finish short (about five seconds). This is fully mature - drink now through 2012.

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Author PJ Haveron
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.778%
Tasted On 12/25/2009
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Author Kyungju
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Tasted On 08/12/2009
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Author Cashew
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Tasted On 09/19/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2011

probably drinking as good as it will get. seems better than when last opened, ~ 6 months ago.

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Author KMS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.571%
Tasted On 04/12/2009

Nice earthy and tobacco notes are this wines strength. Well balanced. (from magnum)

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.546%
Tasted On 11/12/2008
Drink Dates 2007-2012
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Author Gregg F
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95%
Tasted On 07/13/2005

Big, deep red full berry. Loads of time to drink. Let sit till end of 05

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