Review: 2011 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
In contrast to the more austere, iconic Calistoga bottling, a lighter style of Cab is also available from Chateau Montelena this year, a rare, fresh Cabernet that you can actually enjoy with warm weather, fresh and lively at just 13.4% abv.
Fresh strawberry and light vanilla cookie notes dominate — altogether unusual for a Napa Cabernet. As the body develops, some mild tannins emerge, but it keeps things focused on the fruit. Increasing notes of strawberry and cherry, touched with wispy smoke, emerge, and given some time, you’ll find notes of balsamic and gentle tobacco notes. More than ready to drink now; not one to hold.
91.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc.
A- / $50 / montelena.com
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