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2013 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1306362 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with profound black and red currant cordial notes over an undercurrent of Indian spices, chargrill, scorched earth and bay leaves. Medium-bodied with wonderful intensity and depth in the mouth, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long and layered. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This was a blockbuster vintage for the Napa Valley, with drought conditions and a long warm summer, but not too much heat stress. The winery shifted from hand to machine sorting and included Petit Verdot to add smoothness. Rich-textured and seamless, the wine brims with Indian spice, smoke, liquorice, earth and fresh berry flavours, as well as a tangy minerality. Like other 2013 Napa Cabernets, it shows depth and power. (EM) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Montelena's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is unctuous, deep and concentrated. A wine of gravitas and power, the 2013 possesses remarkable textural richness, with a demi-glace like sweetness that is unusual for this wine and that lends an exotic feel throughout. The tannins are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit, but they are very much present. Patience will be key. Iron, smoke, tar and licorice are some of the many notes that infuse the voluptuous finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Winemaker Matt Crafton embraces the winery's longstanding tradition of elegant Napa Valley Cabernet in this estate wine—a beautiful expression of exotic, savory characteristics wrapped in a seamless texture. Tomato leaf, meat and soy notes underscore deep layers of black pepper, black cherry and cassis, with grippy, dense tannins. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Intense nose. Much denser and more opulent and oaky than the regular bottling. Dry and sinewy. Firm and dry and slightly tarry. Long. Fresh again but very long and powerful. (JR) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (5/2017)

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