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2002 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml
2002 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 120

(bottled in November of 2004) Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines musky redcurrant and tobacco. Plush, broad and fine-grained; atypically sexy and showy for this wine, in much the same way that Montelena's basic 2002 Napa cabernet is unusually pliant and rich. Finishes with big, dusty, but rather suave tannins. This offers early accessibility but has the material and structure for extended aging. The alcohol here is 14.3%, the highest since the 1978, which was 14.4%.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 201

This appears to be one of the great efforts from Chateau Montelena, something I think I was correct about when I gave it an 'in the bottle' rating in 2006 of 95+. It is still an amazingly young wine that came from old vines on the famous St. George rootstock that did not require replanting because of the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Napa in the late 1980's and 1990's. Despite its lofty 14.4% alcohol (high by Montelena standards) and the overall flamboyance of the 2002 vintage, it needs another 4-6 years of cellaring. This young, classic Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential traditional school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a tight, but promising nose of black currants, crushed rocks, earth and spice. Rich, full-bodied, pure and brilliantly executed, with perfect harmony, this is a sensational yet forebodingly backward, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep another quarter of a century.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Firm, intense and tough-edged, as Montelena often is early on, but with a solid core of spicy currant and blackberry fruit that's deep and concentrated. The finish keeps a tight focus.

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Community Reviews


David 429 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 04/18/2014 Drink Dates: 2014-2025

gorgeous ruby red, beautiful nose of big berries and graphite, well integrated tannins with a long finish

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ChrisMus Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 03/02/2014

Nice dark fruit and spice notes. Well balanced now, but took some time to fully open up. I will give the magnum some more time to marinate.

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Patrick Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 09/08/2013

Classic Monty, bit young but cioming into the window

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cfluehr Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 05/18/2013

Big, bold and beautiful wine. Bursts with dark fruit early and finishes wonderfully with more subtle earthy flavors. An amazing bottle.

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gotwine Trust Rating: 86 Tasted On: 04/30/2013

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