2018 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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Vinous, February 2023

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is impressive. Elegant and poised, the 2018 is a wine of reserve at this stage. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, mint, sage, spice, mocha and dried flowers open first, followed by a kick...
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2023

(94+ points) The current-release 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (soon to be supplanted by the 2019) takes a base of ripe cherries and redcurrants, then accents them with delicate herbal-floral nuances. It's medium to...
DC 93

Decanter, October 2020

Considerably more depth than the Napa Valley release, although a bit shy on the nose at first. After oxygen exposure, aromas of grilled plums, lilies and roasted peppers frame a black-fruited core. The texture is...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.2%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a remarkable red wine from the renowned Napa appellation in California. With its deep, ruby red color and enticing aromas, this wine is a true gem that embodies the essence of the region.

On the nose, the wine initially appears shy, but after a brief moment of oxygen exposure, it reveals a captivating bouquet of grilled plums, lilies, and roasted peppers. These aromas frame a core of black-fruited intensity, adding depth and complexity to the overall profile.

The texture of this Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of fantastic. It showcases a sweet and rich, yet classic structure that is both coating and refreshing on the palate. As the wine unfolds, it unveils a beautifully earthy and iron-like quality, further enhancing its allure.

Critics have been enamored with this vintage, with Decanter awarding it an impressive score of 93 points. They praised its depth and noted the captivating aromas and texture. Vinous awarded it an even higher score of 96 points, describing it as elegant and poised, with vibrant acidity and a range of flavors including dark red berries, mint, sage, spice, mocha, and dried flowers. The reviewer predicted that with some time in the bottle, this wine will fully come together and may even surpass the 2019 vintage.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognized the excellence of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, awarding it a score of 94+ points. They highlighted its restrained and silky nature, with delicate herbal-floral nuances and a long, dusty finish with hints of menthol.

In conclusion, the 2018 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a superb representation of the North Coast region in California. With its depth, complexity, and elegant structure, it is a wine that will continue to evolve and impress with age.