2001 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml

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2001 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

Saturated, deep ruby-red. Quintessential cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, black olive, mint and earth, sweetened by some roasted oak tones. Dense, supple and seamless; much more concentrated than the basic Napa Valley bottling but also more pliant from the outset, even if it will need a good six to eight years of cellaring. Old-style, classic Napa cabernet with a powerful, building finish.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 91+

Montelena'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 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for at least 20 more years based on the extraordinary longevity Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons possess.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Score: 91
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/05/2014
Good but not quite ready and may be missing the great montelena stuffing, time will tell.
Score: 93
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/24/2013
Drink Dates:
Very smooth, easy drinking. Opened up nicely. Had next to 99' Spottswoode, and a good comparison. More fruit, a little more structure. Overall, a better than solid wine!
Score: 90
Author: Brenda
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/11/2013
Score: 93
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/25/2012

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Score: 95
Author: Chris Ahearn
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2025
More Vintages and Sizes of Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate:

2010 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
1999 (1.5L)
1999 (750ml)
1991 (750ml)

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"This soars out of the ordinary." -TIME, June 7, 1976 (Judgement of Paris, tasting quote)

This quote embodies the dedication to quality and the consistently elegant, classical style Chateau Montelena has embraced since the early days. The current offerings continue to display adherence to that handcrafted heritage. One of the original "blue-chip" estates of Napa, its illustrious history began in 1882 when Alfred L. Tubbs struck a deal to purchase 254 acres of land at the base of Mount St. Helena, two miles north of Calistoga. "Montelena" is a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena.

The present renaissance of this legendary estate began in 1972 under the leadership of James Barrett. It was thrust into the limelight after the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 when its 1973 Chardonnay walked away from stunned French judges with 1st place in the Chardonnay category. The continuing top-ranking results are testimony to the efforts of James' son Beau, who has maintained the quality performance level since 1982.
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