92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Captivating, high-pitched aromas of cassis, licorice pastille, bitter chocolate, violet, rose petal and mocha. Juicy and tightly wound, with fresh acidity energizing the middle palate but keeping the wine’s dark berry flavors restrained today. There’s a lightly peppery quality that gives away the vintage, but this highly aromatic wine is a big success for the year and very well made. (ST) (5/2014)
92 points Wine Enthusiast
This cold rainy year has a bad reputation (some in Napa didn’t even pick), but the Montelena is one of the valley’s successes, with Bordeaux-like elegance, a red fruit profile, bright acidity and silky-soft tannins. Typically, the blend includes 20% hillside vineyard grapes – for this wine it was 35%. Aromas of lavender, earth, bay leaves and spice jump out of the glass and rich minerality ties together the savoury, subtle flavors. (EM) (6/2018)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.