Wine Advocate 94+ points - A great wine in the making, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (just under 10,000 cases produced) possesses a fragrant bouquet of sweet black currants, crushed rocks, earth and background oak. Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena’s typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formidably endowed red that requires 4-5 years of cellaring. That in itself is atypical of this exuberant, flamboyant vintage. Given this cuvee’s past history, this 2007 should age for 30+ years.
Chateau Montelena was one of the best kept secrets for restaurants. Finally they have given retailers the opportunity to sell this gem. This wine is an intense shade of crimson with a big punch of earth, spice and tobacco. It's richness is captivating with hints of deep black jammy fruit. Hook line and sinker i'm a sucker for this rich, round, beautiful bodied red. Want to know my favorite thing about this wine? I don't feel like i'm gnawing on a piece of lumber, instead the wine is balanced with a tinge of oakiness. Chateau Montelena gets it right again with their 2007!
Fun Fact: Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won in the seventies at the famous Paris tasting, ever see the movie Bottle Shock? That's what i'm talkin' about!
Robert Parker Wine Advocate Rated 94 Points
"Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena's typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formidably endowed red."
Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar Rated 93 Points
"Deep aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and minerals; reminded me of a Pauillac. Silky on entry, then dense and sweet in the middle, conveying an impression of power."