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Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 / 1.5 L.


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Where it's produced

United States
Napa Valley

What's in the Bottle

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Product Details

Red Wine
Chateau Montelena
1.5 L.
Item #:
6 bottles

Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  2007 / 1.5 L.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

94+ pts.: 1st Dec 2010

A great wine in the making, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (just under 10,000 cases produced) possesses a fragrant bouquet of sweet black currants, crushed rocks, earth and background oak. Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena’s typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formidably endowed red that requires 4–5 years of cellaring. That in itself is atypical of this exuberant, flamboyant vintage. Given this cuvee’s past history, this 2007 should age for 30+ years.

93+? pts.: May/Jun 2010

Saturated, deep ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and minerals; reminded me of a Pauillac. Silky on entry, then dense and sweet in the middle, conveying an impression of power. There's a youthfully medicinal quality to the dark berry and licorice flavors but unusual early sweetness and pliancy to this normally long-aging wine. Finishes with very suave tannins and impressive persistence. This is actually 14.3% alcohol, which is unusually high here. Barrett could only recall the 2004, 1994 and 1978 surpassing 14%.

92–94 pts.: 31st Dec 2008

The finest of these three vintages appears to be the 2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. As always, there are approximately 10,000 cases of this cuvee, and it sees about 25% new French oak. The 2007 exhibits terrific black raspberry and black currant fruit, an attractive core of minerals, earth, and spice, a fragrant bouquet, admirable purity, full body, and sweet, velvety, noticeable, but not intrusive tannins. The 2007 may be the finest Cabernet Sauvignon Estate since their 2004, 2002, and 2001.

92 pts.: Monday, April 11, 2011

This will be released next year. I am loving the intense currants, mint, eucalyptus, and blackberries in the nose. Reminds me of a Lynch Bages or Mouton. Full bodied and chewy, with lovely fruit and round velvety tannins. The finish is packed with some serious fruit, but this could still use some time. Give this until at least 2015.

92 pts.: 2/1/2012

Not a wine for drinking now or anytime soon. It’s so hard in tannins, it basically locks down the palate, and the astringency seems to accentuate the acidity and dryness. However, there is a deep core of blackberry essence and, after all, this is Montelena. All indications are that it will be a terrific wine in another 8 or 10 years.