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1993 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #901470 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Montelena produces two cuvees of Cabernet. The estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Montelena's flagship wines, have been remarkably consistent. From fruit grown in their Calistoga vineyards, which are dry farmed (non-irrigated), approximately 10,000 cases of this wine are estate-bottled each year. It is hard to find less than a stellar vintage. The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (the current release) possesses the most aggressive tannin of the 1993-1996 Estate Cabernets. It is a weighty, hefty, powerful wine, with a dense purple color, ripe, sweet black fruit flavors, considerable muscle and depth, and a spicy, full-bodied, tannic finish. This wine has all the necessary components to age effortlessly for 20+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1997)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Tightly wound, with firm, leathery tannins wrapped around a core of currant, lead pencil, mineral and wild berry. Plenty of acidity and tannins, too. Best to decant. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2003)


Outer quote mark Good medium-dark color. Less deep aromas of redcurrant, herbs and loam, plus a whiff of varnish. Smooth on entry, then a bit slighter in the mouth, with a faint tartness. In a rather dumb stage today, having lost its babyfat. A narrower wine than the '94, but still young. The finish features some unresolved acidity and slightly dry tannins. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/1998)

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