1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

98 Points Wine Advocate
93 Points Wine Spectator, 1997
93 Points Wine Spectator, 1999

Customer Ratings

Based on 4 ratings
87 Montelena-Highly recommend it

Tasting this Montelena in it's prime is a great treat...this smooth, rich Cab will last another 20 years.


Had this one last night, tremendous.

Spectacular stuff

STILL Very youthful at 22 years into its life and just as saturated and ruby red, possibly, as when Tanzser peered at this as an infant in '98. The aroma is certainly penetrating and fill the head just before filling the mouth. The fruit truely is roasted if not scortched and cassis, truffle are spiced with a pinch of earthy tobacco. This wine matches wonderfully with beef such a grilled rare steak. The wine is light on it's feet, not thick. The tannins present provide a strong chewy backbone to the wine and tell me that this wine will last another decade. It's not quite at it's peak, maybe 3 to 5 years off, but spectacular now. I'm calling it at 96-97 points on my scale. Really impressive.

About Chateau Montelena

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Chateau Montelena

Web Site



James P. "Bo" Barrett

Area Under Vine: 120 Hectare

Wines Made: Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena, Estate Zinfandel, Potter Valley Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Terroir: For example, nutrient levels and water holding capacity vary greatly among the three soil origins that comprise the Estate vineyard: volcanic, alluvial, and sedimentary. These areas are, in turn, crisscrossed by 5 different classified soil types: Bale, Cole, Cortina, Pleasanton, and Kidd. Add a topographic variation, like an elevated hillside or a level valley floor location, and you have a three-dimensional decision matrix. Once we understand each particular site, we can proceed to sustainable grape growing.

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