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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 22625
There is the trademark Montelena earthy, berry fruit, smoky and rich with many subtleties. On the palate it has a big juicy front, a very full texture and many layers of flavors in a rich cross section of fruit and terroir.
A behemoth Cabernet Sauvignon is the stern, tannic, concentrated 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (13.5% alcohol). Full-bodied, but closed, with gorgeously pure black fruits, powerful, loamy, earthy scents along with fruit and extract, this wine also needs 5-6 years of cellaring, and should easily last through the first 2-3 decades of the next century.
Bright red-ruby. Slightly reduced cassis and smoke nose shows an animal component today. Velvety and very ripe; dense and fat, but not yet showing much complexity in the mouth. With rather soft acidity and dusty, even tannins, this substantial wine should be reasonably accessible in its youth.
Openly fruity and seductive, with layers of cherry, currant and berry; extraordinary flavors and balance.