1995 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum
With our signature inky color and an impressive bouquet, this vintage is complex and absolutely typical of Chateau Montelena, boasting our unique earthy-berry characteristics and hints of rich, tonal black tea. As it should be, the palate is equally attention getting. It is very rich and bold, almost too complex to simply describe. It rolls across the palate with waves of cassis-berry, smoke, earth and spice. It is very classic in weight and balance, sort of a Bordeaux framework with California richness and big fruit. It has great tannin balance, big yet supple ripe tannins - very clearly a well executed great vintage from a great vineyard.
Bud break was the earliest since 1988 yet April, May, and June were colder than normal, resulting in a delayed growing season. But the best was saved for last: the ripening season was especially cooperative with truly miraculous ripening weather for more than 6 weeks. Cabernet Sauvignon was truly excellent this year. The moderate heat during this prolonged period resulted in excellent richness and fruit content. Of the great vintages of the 90’s, the ’95 is a more classical, old-world structure type vintage. During the harvest we thought the finished wine would resemble the 1985 vintage. But during its time in the cellar and after bottling we realized that while this vintage possesses a classic structure there is much riper fruit throughout the wine.
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