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2003 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml
2003 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91(+?)?

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

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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WA
94+

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 207

A big wine from the Barrett family (14.2% alcohol), this 2003 exhibits earthy black currant fruit, the restrained but intense Montelena style, full body, good richness and impeccable balance, purity and density. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine shows lots of cassis. In spite of the restrained aromatics, the palate is rich, full-bodied, substantial and persuasive. This 2003 is approachable now, but it will be even more gorgeous 15, 20 and 25 years from now. This is a heritage wine from this great estate in northern Napa Valley.

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Community Reviews

95

Alexander C229 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 09/20/2013

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93

TAs Super Cellar Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 02/10/2013

Deep red, almost purple colour; sweetness on the nose with a whiff of alcohol; lovely sweet black fruits on the palate; finish long-lasting with no hint of tannins

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Richard N1962 Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 12/26/2012

Very nice and drinking well. Nice body but finish lacking. Very Napa.

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90

JLANDAULA Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 08/31/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2014

Firm and dry, this is marked by chewy tannins. The core currant, pencil lead and dusty berry flavors are well-focused and long on the finish. The tannic strength and dryness are my major concerns. Decant. The best of two bottles tasted.

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truettiger Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 02/12/2012 Drink Dates: 2005-2013

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