ITEM 16112

1993 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

$174.98

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Wine Rating:

91WA

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

1993

Country/State

california

Wine Region

napa

Variety

cabernet sauvignon

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 91 points

Montelena produces two cuvees of Cabernet. The estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Montelena's flagship wines, have been remarkably consistent. From fruit grown in their Calistoga vineyards, which are dry farmed (non-irrigated), approximately 10,000 cases of this wine are estate-bottled each year. It is hard to find less than a stellar vintage. The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (the current release) possesses the most aggressive tannin of the 1993-1996 Estate Cabernets. It is a weighty, hefty, powerful wine, with a dense purple color, ripe, sweet black fruit flavors, considerable muscle and depth, and a spicy, full-bodied, tannic finish. This wine has all the necessary components to age effortlessly for 20+ years. However, it will require 3-4 years of cellaring in order to shed some of its tannin.The straight-talking, down to earth Bo Barrett, told me on my visit in October, that 1997 may be the vintage of his career. He was not the only person to say that when talking about Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ... ummmm!Tel. (707) 942-5105; Fax (707) 942-4221

Review Date: December 1997