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    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

    Ratings

    • ST93
    • RP93
    Price: $129.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    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%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 22625

    Winemaker's Notes:

    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.

    Critical Acclaim:

    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.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    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.
    Range: 90-93

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Openly fruity and seductive, with layers of cherry, currant and berry; extraordinary flavors and balance.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator
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