Chateau Montelena - Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1500 ml)
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Wine Spectator 95 pts
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 97%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 1%
Region: USA / California / Napa Valley / Calistoga
Type: Full-bodied red wine
Harvest: Mid September.
Aging: 22 months in 100% French barrels, 40% new.
Color: Deep ruby color.
Nose: Dried cherries, baking spices, and vanilla intermingle with softer notes of espresso bean, pipe tobacco, and lavender.
Palate: Dark fruit with plenty of blackberry jam and plums slowly yielding to intense, vibrant tannins and bright acid. A touch of smoke punctuates the midpalate revealing anise and cocoa, rhubarb, dried ginger and black pepper. The finish ties both the nose and palate together with fresh raspberries, a subtle hint of mint, and incredible freshness.
Food pairing: Beef, game (deer, venison), lamb, mature and hard cheese, poultry.