2013 Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

My first trip to Chateau Montelena was a long time ago. I was still in the Air Force and the Vietnam War had just ended. To this date it still remains one of the most influential wine experiences I have ever had. Quite a few people have tasted their Napa Valley and Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings and they are very good. This Estate bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon is on a whole different level.

Upon opening, the wine reveals a cornucopia of alluring aromas that will create lasting memorable expressions of the moment.  Building anticipation, the wines’ bouquet speaks loudly as you take the first sip. Then, boom, the liquid elixir glides into your mouth and across the edges of your tongue, showing fabulously framed fruit flavors. The perfectly balanced acidity exposes well-integrated firm tannins, which will round out this quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon experience.

Pairing a bottle of wine like this is easy; enjoy it with something you really love. It does not matter if it’s smoked pork belly, mac and cheese or a wonderful beef wellington. Just make sure your guests are comfortable, and you all have a good time. Enjoy!

Rating: 93 | $160 | 14.1% ABV


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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