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1978 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet


1978 Montelena

Estate Cabernet
Slightly damaged cap
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Medium red with an amber edge. Fully evolved scents of plum, currant, tobacco and spices; reminded me of a Saint-Julien from a moderately ripe year. Smooth and spicy on entry, then on the lean side in the middle palate, with its currant and cedar flavors showing obvious green herb elements and a slightly medicinal character, suggesting that the grape sugars galloped ahead of phenolic maturity during the hot harvest. Finishes with good energy and a note of black pepper but a touch of sourness too, with the tannins turning a tad dry with air.  Stephen Tanzer. Tasting date: March 2019

Item: Wine--343421-Private Cellar
Year: 1978
Producer: Montelena
Designation: Estate Grown
Varietal: Cabernet
Region: Napa, California



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