My Rating 91 Points.
This Friday, my Cabernet fix is from the very famous Château Montelena.
Dark ruby in color and cloudy with a wide purplish rim.
Nice nose of black currants, sweet raspberries, bell peppers, earth, sage, peppermint, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity, smooth with long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices and peppercorn.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
A very enjoyable Napa Cabernet. Soft and smooth, with nice complexity and balance. Still young and needs at least 3 years to blossom, however it is very approachable now.
Delivers nice acidity, to make the finish interesting. Already shows a smooth mouthfeel at this young age.
Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
14.2% alcohol by volume.