Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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In the glass our 2002 has a dark, inky-purple color, saturated to the edge. It has a pronounced aromatic bouquet of l...

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Pours a nice violet color with some light reddish rusty hues on the edges. Aromas of rich red berries and some dark cherries. Starts off very fr... Read more

Very Napa cab on the nose, with the only pencil lead of the night. Black currant. Beautiful medium+ body. Too tannic and acidic right now, but this... Read more

The flagship wine, the 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries, and b... Read more

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Snooth User: steve16046
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3.00 5
06/03/2012

Pours a nice violet color with some light reddish rusty hues on the edges. Aromas of rich red berries and some dark cherries. Starts off very fruit forward. Raspberries and cherry flavor dominate the palate. In the middle there is some nice vanilla undertones and some leather. Finishes with more red fruit. A medium to full bodied wine, this seems to be aging 'well'. The tannins are quite subdued. I think my expectations of this wine got the best of me, it is tasty, but not quite what I was hoping/expecting.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
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4.50 5
05/15/2009

Very Napa cab on the nose, with the only pencil lead of the night. Black currant. Beautiful medium+ body. Too tannic and acidic right now, but this is going to be a knockout in 5 years. No TCA.


External Reviews for Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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

The flagship wine, the 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries, and black currants. Spicy and very Bordeaux-like in this vintage, with high tannins, a cool climate freshness, and a leaner personality than is found in riper vintages, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades or more.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Complex nose on this dark ruby red from one of California's most renowned producers. Deep, swirling layers of black berry fruit, licorice and cedar reveal themselves on a chewy, muscular frame. Stylistically, it's more aligned with ageworthy Bordeaux than with the immediate appeal of fruit-forward Cabernets. An underrated vintage that is showing off some excellent wines.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright medium ruby. Medicinal aromas of crushed cassis, blackberry syrup, bitter chocolate and licorice; I might have picked this as Latour from the nose. Then almost surprisingly sweet and silky in the mouth; comes across as more pliant than the 2004 but with more acidity. This demonstrates less obvious concentration and power but boasts lovely balance and aromatic persistence. With less of the medicinal licorice and tarry quality on the end, this may well develop "naturally," as Barrett predicts.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Quite rich and exotic, with complex, appealing flavors of cocoa puff, mocha, buttered cinnamon toast, blackberry granola and smoky cedar. This richness finishes drily, but the wine is very tannic, giving it a lockdown astringency. Needs time. Best after 2011 through 2015 or so.


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

Bright-ruby-red. Blackberry, cassis and boysenberry aromas complemented by licorice, violet, menthol and bitter chocolate. Juicy, intensely flavored and quite fresh but a bit youthfully disjointed, with a firm tannin/acid spice supporting the crushed dark berry and menthol flavors. The wine's substantial tannins will need time to knit, but this wine retains good aromatic freshness.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good deep ruby-red. Complex aromas of currant, licorice, graphite, bitter chocolate, smoked meat, tobacco and brown spices. Began juicy, penetrating and quite youthfully unevolved, but aeration brought a suppler, rounder texture and more generosity to this impressively structured wine. Complicating notes of bitter cherry, menthol and minerals. This will require a good eight to ten years of aging but the substantial tannins are sweet and lush. Very long, pure and powerful on the finish.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from their old vineyards in Calistoga. This is a dense, ruby/purple-tinged wine with full body, and despite the softness of the general vintage, Montelena has plenty of structure. Like nearly every vintage of their top Cabernet Sauvignon, it will last for 25 or more years. The wine has sweet tannin in a broad, flavorful, concentrated style with plenty of black currant, licorice, and spice. The wine is beautifully textured, slightly more forward than most Montelena Cabernets tend to be. It is another beauty from probably the most consistent winery for Cabernet Sauvignon over the last three decades.


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Winemaker's Notes:

In the glass our 2002 has a dark, inky-purple color, saturated to the edge. It has a pronounced aromatic bouquet of luxurious pure ripe fruit, cassis and earth. The wine's diverse, complex and powerful flavor profile - with ripe cassis, blackberry, and black cherry flavors supported by hints of tar and earth - prove that the painstaking and slow process of partial row harvesting was well worth the effort. The tiny Cabernet berries yielded from the vineyard's dry soils produced powerful yet silky tannins and a refreshing backbone of acidity which, combined with its bold structure and rich flavors, infused it with plenty of power to age for a long while. The wine is elegant, showy and polished, with plenty of body and plush ripeness. We think you can enjoy the powerful, vibrant fruit now by opening a few bottles, and then wait a couple years for the concentrated, distinctive Montelena character to evolve before opening the rest.

In the glass our 2002 has a dark, inky-purple color, saturated to the edge. It has a pronounced aromatic bouquet of luxurious pure ripe fruit, cassis and earth. The wine's diverse, complex and powerful flavor profile - with ripe cassis, blackberry, and black cherry flavors supported by hints of tar and earth - prove that the painstaking and slow process of partial row harvesting was well worth the effort. The tiny Cabernet berries yielded from the vineyard's dry soils produced powerful yet silky tannins and a refreshing backbone of acidity which, combined with its bold structure and rich flavors, infused it with plenty of power to age for a long while. The wine is elegant, showy and polished, with plenty of body and plush ripeness. We think you can enjoy the powerful, vibrant fruit now by opening a few bottles, and then wait a couple years for the concentrated, distinctive Montelena character to evolve before opening the rest.

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