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We anticipated optimal crop yields, juice quality, fruit flavors and chemistry. And because this overall weather patt...Read more...
Good cherry, earth, and tovacco notes, but not showing much energy ten years later. Would recommend drinking now on this. Read more
[PWJGT] Cassis, red fruit, just shy of being notable; but solid QPR ** Read more
Beautiful black fruit nose, without any aged scents. Tastes more like red fruit, balanced, still a little young. Relatively simple for now. Medium+... Read more
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Good cherry, earth, and tovacco notes, but not showing much energy ten years later. Would recommend drinking now on this.
[PWJGT] Cassis, red fruit, just shy of being notable; but solid QPR **
Beautiful black fruit nose, without any aged scents. Tastes more like red fruit, balanced, still a little young. Relatively simple for now. Medium+ body, medium+ tannins, acidic. No TCA.
Good, dry with light cinnamon and berry flavors. Short, enjoyable finish.
External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is one of Bo Barrettandrsquo;s finest efforts. While tightly knit, 24 hours of aeration reveals its upside potential. Dense ruby/purple with a nose of crushed rocks intermixed with creme de cassis and a hint of licorice, this full-bodied, pure, deep offering will be at its peak between 2010andndash;2025. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc that came in at 14.1% alcohol.
Montelenaandrsquo;s backward, elegant, complex 2001 Estate reveals a dense ruby/purple color along with foresty, earthy notes intermixed with black currant characteristics as well as sweet tannin. Always a less ripe outlier (although it contains 14% natural alcohol), it will benefit from 2andndash;3 more years of cellaring and should keep for at least 20 more years based on the extraordinary longevity Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons possess.
This '95 is one of the most supple and forward Château Montelena Cabernets in years. Ripe, fleshy, with complex currant, herb, tobacco, cedar and mineral flavors, it's not dense or chewy but very well balanced. Should be an earlier-than-usual drinker; best from 2002 through 2010.
Very saturated deep ruby color. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, tobacco and tar; has great snap and freshness. Silky-sweet and velvety in the mouth but with terrific vinosity. Given shape by a firm tannin spice, yet somehow seamless. An explosion of red berries in the mouth and on the aftertaste. Finishes with great sweetness and thoroughly suave tannins. A brilliant showing for this wine. Barrett says the '97 promises to have the same size as the '91.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2001 Montelena, Chateau Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 750ml
A classic Napa Valley Cabernet, the '96 Montelena makes a succinct and supple statement, then expands on it to juicy and delicious depths. The aroma is bright and clean, balancing scents of black currants and lead pencil. Then it builds on the palate with a powerful intensity, a full-bore ripeness without excess weight. In fact, there's nothing extraneous, nothing to get in the way of the beauty of the wine itself, round as a dark plum, juicy as a currant. The elegant expression lasts on the palate; long after swallowing, the juiciness keeps emerging out if the tannin. More of the wine will emerge as it ages, though it is already a satisfying match for a juicy veal chop.
Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is one of Bo Barretts finest efforts. While tightly knit, 24 hours of aeration reveals its upside potential. Dense ruby/purple with a nose of crushed rocks intermixed with creme de cassis and a hint of licorice, this full-bodied, pure, deep offering will be at its peak between 2010-2025.
We anticipated optimal crop yields, juice quality, fruit flavors and chemistry. And because this overall weather pattern essentially extended the growing season, we began harvest much later than average. But once we finally ripped into the red grapes there was a massive “tsunami” of them: Cabernet, Zinfandel and Merlot! A solid and steady picking schedule, with a daily crush of 13 to 40 tons, continued for 18 days. It was an awesome period of ideal weather and harvest activity, during which we took in an amazing 473 tons of fruit.
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