Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley 2007

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hints of blackberry... bold but very mellow. Read more

Long legs. Well made. Strong licorice and cherries. A good cab. Let it breathe. Read more

Long legs. Well made. Strong licorice and cherries. A good cab. Let it breathe. Read more

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User Reviews for Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

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Snooth User: grbaKKy
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4.00 5
01/23/2011

hints of blackberry... bold but very mellow.


Snooth User: kwistie
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4.00 5
12/30/2010

Long legs. Well made. Strong licorice and cherries. A good cab. Let it breathe.


Snooth User: kwistie
419154103
4.00 5
12/30/2010

Long legs. Well made. Strong licorice and cherries. A good cab. Let it breathe.


Snooth User: zenoblueplatypus
74104242
3.00 5
07/26/2011

A little light and early for 2007


External Reviews for Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

By the standards of Bo and Jim Barrett, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (14.4% alcohol) is a relatively flamboyant effort. Its opaque purple color is followed by a gloriously pure nose of creme de cassis, licorice, earth, truffles, and flowers. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich, with high tannin as well as concentration, it is somewhat accessible, but will be even better after 4-6 years of bottle age. It should drink beautifully for 25-30 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, and earth notes. This brilliantly made, super-concentrated, pure, blockbuster possesses sweet tannin as well as a terrific finish. Having added additional weight since last year, this sumptuous, multilayered, profoundly concentrated Cabernet contains 14% alcohol. It is a candidate for 25-30 years of longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good full, bright ruby color. High-toned, slightly sauvage aromas of exotic, liqueur-like berries, bitter chocolate, game and menthol; shows a distinctly candied aspect. Then superripe and very concentrated in the mouth, with slightly medicinal flavors of kirsch, chocolate and menthol. A bit drier and less suave in the middle palate than the 2001, and quite tannic today, in the style of so many 2002s. This will undoubtedly be filtered, noted Zacherle.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The inky purple 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers up abundant quantities of sweet earth/loamy soil notes intermixed with black cherry and black currant fruit as well as a floral characteristic. There is superb fruit concentration in addition to a heady blueberry/blackberry component in this effort. Again, these wines need plenty of time to reveal all their attributes, but at the moment, I would be hard pressed to say it's better than the 2003 or 2002. It should be ready to drink in about five years and last for 25 or more.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/10/2014

The finest of these three vintages appears to be the 2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. As always, there are approximately 10,000 cases of this cuvee, and it sees about 25% new French oak. The 2007 exhibits terrific black raspberry and black currant fruit, an attractive core of minerals, earth, and spice, a fragrant bouquet, admirable purity, full body, and sweet, velvety, noticeable, but not intrusive tannins. The 2007 may be the finest Cabernet Sauvignon Estate since their 2004, 2002, and 2001.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

While the 2002, which was quite extroverted right before bottling, has shut down, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is still open-knit, although I suspect it will probably close down as well. It exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color along with a sweet, spicy nose of black currants, licorice, herbs, and damp earth. Rich and concentrated, it is the most accessible, and possibly the most elegant and French-oriented of the Cabernets produced between 2002 and 2004. This top-notch effort should be cellared for 2-3 years, and consumed over the following 20-25 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright ruby-red. Sweet aromas of black cherry, flowers, menthol and creosote. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, though not especially nuanced for this wine. Strong note of chocolate. Finishes with a fairly fine dusting of tannins and lingering notes of cherry and licorice. This seems a bit less vibrant than it was from barrel a year ago. Barrett noted that the December 2005 bottling date was quite late for this wine, and my sample had not yet recovered.


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