Another solid and wholly drinkable Cab from Montelena, one of California’s grande dames of Napa Cabernet.
This newly released 2010 bottling is surprisingly ready to go, full of juicy black currants, tea leaf, a touch of chocolate, and plenty of fruit. All the ripe berries are classic characteristics of Montelena, but as with the 2009, there’s ample restraint here that keeps the wine from blowing out with fruit. It’s a really lovely wine, with great balance and a smooth, supple finish. No complaints here.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 13.9% abv.
A / $50 / montelena.com