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2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml
2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

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%.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 212

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.

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Community Reviews


Naperwino Trust Rating: 82 Tasted On: 06/09/2013


Seaway J Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 05/23/2012

quite nice after one hour, suspect it could benefit for more air time


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


Chris Ahearn Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 11/29/2011 Drink Dates: 2007-2037

Michael N594 Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 10/10/2011 Drink Dates:

Charlie likes this winery!

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