Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Calistoga|
Nose Notes of strawberry, rhubarb, and vanilla jump out of the glass, closely followed by lavender, bay laurel, and allspice that gradually increases in intensity as the wine breathes. Palate The rich minerality is balanced by ripe raspberry and earth, all of which are tied together by silky, fine tannins that frame and enhance the soft texture, rather than overwhelm it. Finish Almost Bordelaise in its subtlety and grace, with hints of cranberry, mint, and cocoa.
Lots of smoky, charred oak and charcoal aromatics that fold over to the palate, with a solid core of currant, dried dark berry, gravel and cedar on the finish, most inviting on the finish where the flavors show a juicy side. Drink now through 2022.
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Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese AntinoriThe Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva shows an intense ruby red color. On the nose, notes of ripe red fruit fuse with hints of vanilla and spices. The palate is ample, enveloping and balanced, but also deep and savory with supple and silky tannins. A wine of real character, with an excellent territorial identity, further characterized by a long and persistent finish and aftertaste.
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015It doesn't take much time in the glass to reveal the ripeness of the vintage. Dried cherries, baking spices, and vanilla intermingle with softer notes of espresso bean, pipe tobacco, and lavender.The 2015 steers toward 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. Within a few moments rhubarb appears as do dried ginger and black pepper. Additional ageing time is undoubtedly necessary to reveal the potential of this wine. The finish ties both the nose and palate together with fresh raspberries, a subtle hint of mint, and incredible freshness.