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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2018

Regular price $ 72.45

Dark garnet, nearly violet in the glass; the nose possesses an aromatic intensity that is irresistible. Fresh berries and dried cherries commingle with bergamot, lavender, mint, gunpowder, and sage without a single element dominating another. The palate is fresh and dynamic, with cranberry, cola and raspberry jam. The acidity is laser focused, the spine pulling the layers of flavor into harmony with the wine’s supple, yet dense, structure. The tannins here serve to elevate, not overwhelm the kinetic balance of texture, ripeness, and vineyard character. Toasted hazelnut and vanilla emerge as the wine leans savory with mushroom, black pepper, and cedar. The Merlot in the blend really shines here with rhubarb, cassis, and velvety softness.