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:

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

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