2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml

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2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

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International Wine Cellar | 93

Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate and menthol. Dense, thick and powerful, with a chewy texture and impressive concentration to the plummy fruit. This has a silky texture but no shortage of inner-mouth energy. Finishes long and aromatic, with late-arriving tannins. In spite of Barrett's description of the "Aussie-like surmaturite" that figured in the harvest of 2004, I am not put off by a hot-vintage character. (However, I retasted the 2003 this year and found it in a very tough stage, with the tannins cutting off the fruit; on this occasion I scored the wine 89+?. My impression is that the 2004 was made from more consistently ripe fruit.). This wine weighs in at 14.2% alcohol, making it the first Montelena estate cabernet to surpass 14% since the '78, which was 14.4%.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 95

A classic, old style Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena's 2004 reveals beautiful purity along with lots of creme de cassis fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish. By Montelena standards, it is a bit more powerful than usual (14.1% alcohol). These wines have an uncanny ability to age for 2-3 decades, and while the 2004 is slightly more forward and evolved than other vintages have been (2001 and 2002), it should last for 20-25 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2039
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Score: 92
Author: Naperwino
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 06/09/2013
Score: 92
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/23/2012
quite nice after one hour, suspect it could benefit for more air time
Score: 94
Author: Bobh
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/01/2011
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Still showing some purple but starting to smooth out. Drinking very well for a young Montelena. Tons of fruit and a bit high in Alcohol. Big full bodied wine with several years to go but not as long as many of the earlier Montelena's
Score: 94
Author: Chris Ahearn
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2007-2037
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Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Drink Dates:
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More Vintages and Sizes of Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate:

2010 (750ml)
2006 (1.5L)
2005 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1999 (1.5L)
1999 (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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