2005 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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2005 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

Good deep ruby-red. Complex aromas of currant, licorice, graphite, bitter chocolate, smoked meat, tobacco and brown spices. Began juicy, penetrating and quite youthfully unevolved, but aeration brought a suppler, rounder texture and more generosity to this impressively structured wine. Complicating notes of bitter cherry, menthol and minerals. This will require a good eight to ten years of aging but the substantial tannins are sweet and lush. Very long, pure and powerful on the finish. Barrett compared this to top previous vintages like 1986 and 1997, the latter, he admitted, "a brett wine."

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 91

The flagship wine, the 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries, and black currants. Spicy and very Bordeaux-like in this vintage, with high tannins, a cool climate freshness, and a leaner personality than is found in riper vintages, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades or more.

Drink Dates: 2009-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Author: USA773
Trust Rating: 37
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
Awesome. Not sure where I got this, but wish I had more.
Author: Beth C
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 10/23/2012
Score: 96
Author: Monty94
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2012
Drink Dates: 2002-2013
Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.
Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Drink Dates:
Charlie's favorite!
Score: 92
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/31/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate:

2010 (750ml)
2006 (1.5L)
2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1999 (1.5L)
1999 (750ml)

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