Chateau Montelena “The Montelena Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 [3/cs]

the montelena estate napa valley cabernet sauvignon 2010
California Napa Valley
Cabernet and Cabernet Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2010

“Bright, saturated ruby-red. Deep, complex nose offers cassis, blueberry, mocha, espresso, menthol, bitter chocolate and tobacco. Densely packed and vibrant, with layered, seamless flavours of cassis, licorice and minerals. Shows an almost chocolatey ripeness yet retains outstanding verve. This chewy, super-concentrated wine finishes with ripe, pliant tannins and outstanding length and mineral reserve. Should be long-lived.”

94+ points, International Wine Cellar, June 2013

 

“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is immediate, juicy and expressive in this vintage. At the same time, it seems pretty clear that the 2010 needs at least a few more years in bottle. Today, it is a bit disjointed as it is neither primary, nor showingCalifornia, Red Wine, Calistoga, Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon too many tertiary notes or complexity. Sweet tobacco, leather, licorice, menthol and spices emerge over time, but the 2010 is a wine built for the cellar. There is plenty of density, but it needs time to emerge.”

94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Nov 2013

 

“Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a little mute at this stage, offering up glimpses of crushed blackberry, red plums and wild blueberries notes with touches of pencil shavings, dried Mediterranean herbs and forest floor. Medium-bodied, it has a velvety backbone and mouth-filling red and blue fruits, finishing long and earthy. Drink 2018 – 2040”

94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018