2016 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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BLEND: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a very pretty wine. Floral, lithe and understated, the 2016 is a wine of grace above all else. Sweet red cherry, mint, licorice, sweet tobacco and cedar open up in a fragrant, classically built Cabernet that is long on class and character. This is a seriously beautiful Cabernet in its peer group." (VM)

"The largest production cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, which comes mostly from Calistoga (there's a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Oak Knoll) and spends 16 months in roughly 20% new French oak. Its ruby/purple color is followed by a vibrant, juicy wine that has plenty of black cherry, blackberry, spring flowers, and graphite. It's medium-bodied, elegant and seamless, with terrific purity and a balanced, juicy style. It's beautiful, classic Napa Valley Cabernet to drink over the coming 10-15 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
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