Friday, January 2, 2015

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $52.99 (gift) but found for $44.99, 90 points, appeared a rainbow of reds with a flash of orange toward the glass shallows and broad clear rim.
Smells of bell pepper and black currant were dominant.
This nearly full-bodied Cab revealed its youth right away, and I wished I could have waited at least five years before tasting, but alas it is what it is: appropriately acidic, firm enduring tannin (a bit astringent), moderately smooth texture, and bright black fruit flavors with hints of red raspberry, cola, and tobacco.
Finished okay on the trailing palate, accelerating spice, tart pomegranate, and a well integrated 13.4% alcohol.
Purchased at Fresh Market in Bedford.


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1 comment:

  1. Tasted through all of Chateau Montelena's wines around the beginning of December (a TWWIAGE event), was impressed with them all. I was surprised.