PRODUCT CODE: 51185330
From bottle a solid 93. Surprisingly lush and charming for a young Montelena, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a deep ruby/purple color, with earthy, black cherry and blackcurrants. The wine has very ripe tannins, and is medium to full-bodied with outstanding purity and balance. Most Montelena estate Cabernets have traditionally required patience, but this one is set for drinking now until 2032.
93 points from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Nose: Extraordinarily rich notes of dried cherry, cocoa, muddled mint, and blackberry. As the wine continues to breathe, one-by-one subtle hints of tobacco, cedar, and perfume emerge with patience.
Palate: There is considerable depth on the palate as fresh, tart raspberries contrast the rocky, earth undertones so emblematic of our Estate, leading to a texture that is at once austere, awaiting further time in bottle, and voluptuous.
Finish: After two years in oak, the tannins are wonderfully integrated with just enough toast to seamlessly transition to blueberry, cassis, and mocha on the finish.