ITEM 23569

1995 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

$199.98

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Wine Rating:

94WA 91ST

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

1995

Country/State

california

Wine Region

napa

Variety

cabernet sauvignon

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 94 points

At the winery, I rated the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate one point below what I gave it in the blind tasting. Nevertheless, my notes on both tastings are nearly identical. This is another winery where the 1995 may be as strong as the 1994. The color is an opaque purple. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, with classic notes of cassis intermixed with loamy soil scents, underbrush, and spice. There is massive body and elevated, but sweet tannin that is well-integrated with the wine's other components, a blockbuster mid-palate, and a finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025. Modern-day society seems to always be in search of new stars, but this winery has been a super hero for great California Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly 25 years!Montelena's Estate Cabernet Sauvignons are equivalent to buying blue chip stock. They get better and better with age and as the vertical tastings I have attended so persuasively attest, they are still relatively young wines at 20 years of age!Tel. (707) 942-5105; Fax (707) 942-4221

Review Date: December 1998

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 91 points

Good red-ruby color. Brighter aromas of black cherry, pepper, chocolate and fresh herbs. Sweet and lush, if not quite as fat as the '96. A note of humus adds complexity. Finishes with fresh cassis and cherry flavors, moderate tannins and excellent length.

Review Date: May 1998