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.