Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate 2009

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2009 vintage red Wine by Chateau Montelena from California, USA

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First tried this at a tasting at the Chateau in August and ordered two bottles to be delivered. Finally arrived after the hot weather broke and the... Read more

Rich, elegant nose. Round and rich with cassis, cherry and currant fruit. Some licorice notes with creme de cassis and light camphor aromas. Ric... Read more

Good red-ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of black cherry and menthol lifted by rose and spice oils. Suave pure and vibrant with red berry and spice fl... Read more

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
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4.50 5
11/16/2012

First tried this at a tasting at the Chateau in August and ordered two bottles to be delivered. Finally arrived after the hot weather broke and the wait was well worth it. First impressions were of creamy lemon, soft grapefruit, touch of lime and extreme crispness. Fantastic balance between the fruit, alcohol and acid very much like a Grand Cru Burgundy.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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05/17/2013

Rich, elegant nose. Round and rich with cassis, cherry and currant fruit. Some licorice notes with creme de cassis and light camphor aromas. Richly textured wine with great structure. Approachable now, yet can easily age nicely. Round tannins. Flavors of cassis and kirsch with hints of graphite, violet and lavender. Very lush and nice. 91 pts. 5/9/13 at winery


External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley the Montelena Estate

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Good red-ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of black cherry and menthol lifted by rose and spice oils. Suave pure and vibrant with red berry and spice flavors lifted by a pungent minty quality. Nothing black fruit about this vintage. Finishes with fine-grained rather silky tannins and terrific energy. Less forbidding at this young stage than many recent vintages of this wine and in a distinctly food-friendly style. This wine benefited dramatically from its final months in barrel. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/19/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully supple and fragrant. Silky tannins frame a core of expressive dark red fruit. Floral and spice notes are nicely woven throughout. This textured, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon should continue to age gracefully for another 7-10 years, but it is awfully good right now. The blend includes 7% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc in 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2019.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/19/2013

Good deep red. Red berries, pungent herbs, menthol and cedary oak on the nose. Brisk and tightly wound, with edgy flavors of cherry syrup and rhubarb. The tannins are a bit dry but hit the palate late, allowing the red fruit flavors to express themselves on the back. Shows a slight overripe/underripe character but I would not be at all surprised if this wine came into better harmony with another year or two of bottle aging.


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully supple and fragrant. Silky tannins frame a core of expressive dark red fruit. Floral and spice notes are nicely woven throughout. This textured, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon should continue to age gracefully for another 7-10 years, but it is awfully good right now. The blend includes 7% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc in 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. Good deep red. Red berries, pungent herbs, menthol and cedary oak on the nose. Brisk and tightly wound, with edgy flavors of cherry syrup and rhubarb. The tannins are a bit dry but hit the palate late, allowing the red fruit flavors to express themselves on the back. Shows a slight overripe/underripe character but I would not be at all surprised if this wine came into better harmony with another year or two of bottle aging. Appealing for its complex cedar and dried berry fruit, with touches of tobacco and loamy earth, but this leaves you hoping for a little ...


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/02/2013

Good red-ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of black cherry and menthol lifted by rose and spice oils. Suave, pure and vibrant, with red berry and spice flavors lifted by a pungent minty quality. Nothing black fruit about this vintage. Finishes with fi... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml


External Review
02/06/2013

Saturated, deep ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and minerals; reminded me of a Pauillac. Silky on entry, then dense and sweet in the middle, conveying an impression of power. There's a youthfully medicinal quality to the dark berry


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/19/2013

Good full ruby. Aromatic nose combines crystallized blackberry, black cherry, licorice and menthol. Lovely sweetness leavened by a firm acid core. Seems to have more of everything than the 2008, but the elements have not yet come into harmony. Still quite grapey and primary. With this vintage, Montelena has decided to cap production of their estate cabernet at 7,500 cases, so more of the estate juice will now be available for inclusion in this wine.


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Winemaker's Notes:

2009 vintage red Wine by Chateau Montelena from California, USA

2009 vintage red Wine by Chateau Montelena from California, USA

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