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1999 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 »

Score
93
JR 15.5
WS 94
WA 95
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2015 WA: 2006-2030 WS: 2005-2016
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IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 102

Good bright medium ruby. Aromas of raw cassis, black cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice, cedar and leather. Concentrated, focused and penetrating; tightly wound and quite youthfully unevolved. Best today on the finish, which features substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins and a late burst of dark fruit. From a crop level of just under 1.5 tons an acre, notes Zacherle.

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JR 15.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2007-2010

Deep, vibrant crimson. Deep and savoury nose. But not really held together in the middle. A bit scrawny. Needs years in bottle, by which time it will cost even more.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 142
Drink Dates 2006-2030

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (an 8,600-case cuvee made from yields of 1.98 tons of fruit per acre) is considered by Bo Barrett to be a "great" year. The wine boasts a saturated inky/purple color as well as extraordinary density of fruit and cassis, and huge tannin, body, and extract. It is a substantial, palate-staining, long, muscular Cabernet that should only be purchased by connoisseurs with cold cellars as well as patience.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2005-2016

Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and polished, with a tight beam of blackberry and currant fruit that's sharply focused and tightly wound. Turns supple and finishes with a long, lingering, fruit-propelled finish. Excellent structure for aging. 6,500 cases made.

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Author Jimmy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.119%
Tasted On 11/24/2013
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Author craigechols
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Tasted On 03/23/2013
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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.944%
Tasted On 12/28/2012
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Author Frank K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.833%
Tasted On 11/22/2012
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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.345%
Tasted On 06/10/2012
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Author Martin Wong
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 82.407%
Tasted On 03/21/2012
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Author Victor
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.549%
Tasted On 11/16/2010
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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.673%
Tasted On 05/27/2010
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Emerging as my benchmark for a solid, upper mid priced CA cab. Not mind blowing but very good, lots of fruit. Whole package.

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.403%
Tasted On 04/03/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2022

How big is this wine, 1 hr decanted and open powerful! typical of greatmontelena state. Well, fulll body, lots of black currant with sweet berries, mouthwatering tannins on a long long finish. the tannins could soften a little in the next 1-3 yrs and this wine shall enter in its very primezone from 2011-2015 and will live 10 yrs more after that. Is increadible how young still.

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Author Tusa David
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90%
Tasted On 01/07/2010
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Author gotwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.976%
Tasted On 12/31/2009
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Author Husker74
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 66.667%
Tasted On 12/07/2009
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Author Joe G765
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80%
Tasted On 09/27/2009
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A little too soft. Hopefully needs a little more time.

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Author Jeff
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.157%
Tasted On 09/19/2009
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Not the usual montelena cab, and not the same note as the 99 from a year ago. this bottle, out of 375, is a little disjointed, with lots of tannins, acidity, alcohol (almost too much alcohol) and fruit but it doesnt all come together. on the nose lots of coffee / mocha, with plenty of dark fruits and alcohol. i hope things come together over time, for now the grade is a 90 but incomplete. Given prior performance im inclinded to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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Author dougwilder
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Site / Blog dougwilder - the purely domestic wine blog Trust Rating 98.558%
Tasted On 03/16/2009

13.9% alcohol Aromas: Vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate, mocha and flint Palate: Elegantly focused pure dark cherry, black berry and currant followed by hints of graphite Impression: Excellent texture, firm acidity a beautiful vintage from Napa Valley

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Author ebgreenb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.96%
Tasted On 03/15/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2016

Smooth, polished, rich fruit with well-integrated tannins and a luscious finish. Drinking very well right now and resembles an older grand cru bordeaux.

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Author UncleHeavyDude
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.674%
Tasted On 01/02/2009
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Author Anon
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Tasted On 09/03/2007
Drink Dates 2006-2015

Silky and chewy, with hints of flint, chocolate and hay. Nice long finish. Will age well for another 10 years, but drinking exceptionally well now.

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