1997 Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga 1x375ml


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Rating: Vinous 93Robert Parker 87

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Vinous 93

(14% alcohol): Bright, dark red with ruby tones. Mellow aromas of currant, raspberry, smoke, spices and earth, complemented by sexy oak-spicy perfume and emerging notes of leather and pungent minerality. Utterly pliant and fine-grained, with inviting currant and cherry fruit accented by fresh herbs, menthol and licorice. Like a traditional Médoc wine in the way its subtle green components add complexity and lift. This energetic midweight spreads out to saturate the entire palate with a fine dusting of serious tannins. Very strong juice! [Stephen Tanzer, 01/09/2017]

Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030

Robert Parker 87

Readers looking for soft, immediately appealing Cabernet Sauvignons with some of the Montelena personality should check out the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Cuvee. Dark ruby/purple-colored, with sweet tannin, and black currant/cassis fruit, this lush, expansive, tasty, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for another decade. This wine has an uncanny aging potential, and is powerful, but its lack of barrel and malolactic fermentation gives it a refreshing, zesty, Chablis-like personality. Tel. (707) 942-5105; Fax (707) 942-4221 [Robert M. Parker, Jr., 01/01/2000]


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