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25 October 2014 News

Antonio Galloni writes up a remarkable dinner at Press on Vinous Media, and the two Chateau Montelena wines tasted, the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County and 1991 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, show as you would expect.  Galloni writes about the wines:

“Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County is a real oddity. Not to be confused with the more famous 1973 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the Sonoma County is a different wine, but very much compelling in its own right. Still remarkably fresh and beautifully layered in the glass, the 1973 impresses for its brightness and purity. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers and savory herbs add naunce on the sculpted finish. What a revelation this is. 94/Drinking window: 2014-2023.”

“What a thrill it is to drink Montelena’s 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that takes hold of all the sense and never lets up. Imposing and intense, the 1991 is simply riveting. The flavors are dark, intense and savory, but it is the wine’s silkiness that stands out above all else. Well-stored bottles will continue to drink beautifully for another decade-plus. 97/Drinking window: 2014-2024.”

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