Very good dark red, not as fresh as the '85. Slightly high-toned aromas of redcurrant, cooked plum and tar; woodsy and burnt notes. Sweet entry, then fairly mature but still fresh flavors of smoke and earth. Opens slowly. Finishes with somewhat rustic tannins and lovely sweetness. Very California Cabernet. (ST)
Chateau Montelena's wines possess gorgeous potential when young, and are even better when revisited later. The 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits the forward, jammy, cassis, and other black fruit character of the vintage, marvelously rich, full-bodied, concentrated flavors, high extract, gobs of glycerin, and moderate tannin in the finish. (RP)
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