Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1991  Front Label
Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1991  Front LabelChateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1991 Front Bottle Shot

Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1991

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Winemaker Notes

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.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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!
WS 91
Wine Spectator
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.
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Chateau Montelena’s history is one of the deepest and most storied in the Napa Valley and California. Founded just north of Calistoga by a senator and San Francisco entrepreneur in 1882 at the turn of the century, it was one of the largest wineries in the state. Prohibition put an end to Montelena’s winemaking, and the next major era began in 1968, when Jim Barrett purchased the estate. Jim fell in love with this exceptional property, blessed with a complex mix of soils, slopes and biodiversity of wildlife and fauna. He had a dream of creating wine at the level of the great First Growths of Bordeaux, and set about replanting the vineyard, outfitting the winery with modern equipment, and studying the processes necessary for farming and winemaking at the highest quality level.

In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who’s-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. This seminal event has been memorialized in the book "The Judgment of Paris," by George Taber, as well as in the 2008 feature film Bottle Shock.

Today Chateau Montelena’s distinct 19th century stone structure stands as a quality icon in Napa Valley, consistently producing some of the finest wines in California. Master Winemaker Bo Barrett, Jim’s son, now runs the estate with the help of Winemaker Matt Crafton and Vineyard Manager Dave Vella.

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