After one look at the inky color of this wine you will find the distinct Montelena Estate aroma on full display; jam, cassis, spice and earth from our complex soils. On the palate it has rich, round, varietal fruit held in a finely tuned grip of smooth tannin, a long developing body and fantastic perseverance of complex flavors. It is elegant and concentrated and so complex that if I try to describe it any more you'll think I've become a poet! Try it for yourself! We think the long-time Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon fans will recognize, as we do, that this wine is our new benchmark of excellence and sets the stage for wines yet to come from The Montelena Estate.
"Montelena's incredible 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is an exceptional wine. It may be the most promising vintage among the bevy of Montelena Cabernets produced over the last two decades, rivaling even the winery's profound 1987. The 1991 is extremely closed and backward, and in need of 5-6 years of cellaring. The color is a dense, opaque purple. The nose offers up Chateau Montelena's tell-tale signature - abundant, pure aromas of cassis, minerals, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, spectacularly rich, and highly extracted, with moderate to high tannin, this is a youthful, exuberant, stunning example of blockbuster Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Its inner core of cassis fruit is something to savor! It should hit its peak around the turn of the century and last for 20 years thereafter. Don't miss it!"
The Wine Advocate
"Smooth, rich and intense without being overly tannic. The core of black cherry, anise, blackberry and currant flavors is well-focused, turning supple, with persistent flavors on the finish."