Dark and powerful in the glass with great density and saturation, this wine grabs your attention from the first glance. Luscious and rich on the nose with great depth, we find top notes of violets, cassis, and rich dark cherry, all riding over a base of warm leather, cocoa, wet stone and molasses. The palate opens with red raspberry and blackcurrants before building to mouth-filling ripe cherry, a beautiful acid balance, and round rich velvety tannins. The incredible intensity of the palate fades slowly leaving a finish of dried fruits and hints of clove with remarkable weight and tremendous persistence.
"Good deep ruby red. Complex aromas. Impressively structured wine. Very long, pure, and powerful on the finish."
International Wine Cellar
"A lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries and black currants. Spicy and very Bordeaux-like in this vintage. Should drink well for two decades or more."
The Wine Advocate
and exotic, with complex, appealing flavors of
cocoa puff, mocha, buttered cinnamon toast,
blackberry granola and smoky cedar. This richness
finishes drily, but the wine is very tannic,
giving it a lock-down astringency. Needs time.
Best after 2011, and through 2015 or so. Cellar
I have had this wine in the past. Because it is so good, I have also given this wine as gifts and I have received many compliments.
Smooth & Supple
held this one for just under two years and finally corked it last night. Brought to a fellow wine enthusiasts home for a bring a collectible and we'll share. He corked an Oakville Ranch Cab...vintage??? The Montelena was by far the more soft of the two. I was very surprised at the subtlety. Soft yet distinct berry notes. Silky. The Oakville was a much more beefy red with smoky undertones.